Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

Camille Laurens, Willard Wood

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Les Fugitives

Published: 07-07-2020


This absorbing work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas’s now-iconic sculpture. Drawing on a wealth of historical material as well as her own love of ballet, Camille Laurens presents a compelling portrait of Marie van Goethem and the world she inhabited.

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She is famous throughout the world, but how many know her name? You can admire her figure in Washington, Paris, London, New York, Dresden or Copenhagen but where is her grave? She danced as a ‘petit rat’ at the Paris Opera. She was also a model, she posed for painters and sculptors – among them Edgar Degas. Taking us through the underbelly of the Belle Epoque, Laurens casts a light on those who have traditionally been overlooked in the study of art, and opens a space for essential questions. She paints a compelling portrait of Marie van Goethem and the world she inhabited, in the 1880s; a time when art unsettled the hypocrisy of society.

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Weight 0.199 kg
Dimensions 13 × 130 × 210 mm
Page Count 180