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Author Laurens, Camille, author.

Title Little dancer aged fourteen : the true story behind Degas's masterpiece / Camille Laurens ; translated from the French by Willard Wood.

Publication Info. New York : Other Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  709.2 Degas,E LAU    Available
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Description 166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Note "Originally published in French as La petite danseuse de quatorze ans in 2017 by Éditions Stock, Paris."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-164).
Summary 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? We know only her age, fourteen, and the work that she did because it was already grueling work, at an age when children today are sent to school. In the 1880s, she danced as a "little rat" at the Paris Opera, and what is often a dream for young girls now wasn't a dream for her. She was fired after several years of intense labor; the director had had enough of her repeated absences. She had been working another job, even two, because the few pennies the Opera paid weren't enough to keep her and her family fed. She was a model, posing for painters or sculptors, among them Edgar Degas. Drawing on a wealth of historical material as well as her own love of ballet and personal experiences of loss, Camille Laurens presents a compelling, compassionate portrait of Marie van Goethem and the world she inhabited that shows the importance of those who have traditionally been overlooked in the study of art.
Subject Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917. Little dancer.
Goethem, Marie Geneviève van, 1865-
Ballet dancers -- France -- Biography.
Artists' models -- France -- Biography.
Added Author Wood, Willard, translator.
Added Title Petite danseuse de quatorze ans. English
Little dancer aged 14
ISBN 9781590519585 (hardcover)
1590519582 (hardcover)

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