Study for the Fourteen Year Old Little Dancer (1881) by Edgar Degas

Study for the Fourteen Year Old Little Dancer - Edgar Degas - 1881

Artwork Information

TitleStudy for the Fourteen Year Old Little Dancer
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions46 x 57 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Study for the Fourteen Year Old Little Dancer

The artwork entitled “Study for the Fourteen Year Old Little Dancer” was created by the artist Edgar Degas in 1881. This sketch and study is rendered in chalk and pastel, reflecting the Impressionist movement of its time. The dimensions of the artwork measure at 46 by 57 cm. Currently, it resides within a private collection.

The artwork exhibits the technique of using swift yet delicate strokes to represent the figure, capturing the essence of a young dancer in a reflective pose. We can observe the use of light and shadow to impart a sense of depth and volume to the form, with the dancer’s posture suggesting both elegance and perhaps a hint of weariness after rehearsal. Degas’ characteristic attention to the dynamic nature of the human body and his ability to impart emotion through posture and movement are apparent in this piece. The rough, almost ethereal quality of the outline complements the Impressionist aim to capture fleeting moments and the interplay of light and form, rather than to convey a polished and meticulously detailed representation.

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