Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece

This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas's now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late nineteenth-century Parisian life. 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 This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas's now-iconic sculpture, and the str...

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Title:Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece
Author:Camille Laurens
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1590519582
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages pages

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece Reviews

  • Shoshana
    Dec 05, 2018
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  • Jamie
    Aug 07, 2018
    Really more of a lengthy essay than a biography of the dancer. Interesting about the nature of art both then and now, with a lot to think about in terms of class that feels contemporary (not in a good way) ...
  • Connie
    Dec 16, 2018
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  • Julie
    Dec 19, 2018
    Fascinating look, both at Degas, and at the culture behind the young ballet dancers of the time. ...
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    Aug 08, 2018
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  • Jeff Claretto
    Jan 14, 2019
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  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 01, 2019
    It was on an eighth grade school trip to the Chicago Art museum when I fell in love with the paintings of Degas. His painitings of ballerinas fascinated me, at that time I thought the life of a ballerina was one of elegance and grace. Of course, now I know it also includes a great deal...
  • Ann
    Apr 23, 2018
    I began thinking it was an imagination of the life of the model. I found, rather, a careful and thoughtful thesis delving into the relationships of artist, model, and sculpture. We meet Marie and Degas in their parallel lives and their respective roles in society. That sounds very acad...
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    Dec 04, 2018
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    Jan 11, 2019
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    Jan 07, 2019
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    Dec 04, 2018
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  • Msimone
    Jan 16, 2019
    Before reading this book, I thought of Degas as an impressionist who captured the technique of dancers and their glamorous world of the Paris Opera in the 19th century. Degas frequently depicted ballet dancers at class, on stage, or among their demi-monde patrons. I look at the ralis...
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    Jan 01, 2019
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    Dec 18, 2018
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    Dec 28, 2018
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    Nov 24, 2018
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    Nov 20, 2018
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  • Paulette Illmann
    Dec 29, 2018
    Having read the historical fiction The Painted Girls, when I saw Little Dancer Aged Fourteen on the shelf at my local library, I couldn't resist. So little is known of the girl who posed for the famous statue by Degas, the book is a mere 147 pages, most of it trying to piece together w...
  • Liz
    Dec 05, 2018
    This would have made an excellent long piece in a magazine. Instead , a not very substantial story was bloated into a short book. Still, I think it is wonderful that the author gave the the model Marie Genevieve van Goethem so much consideration. ...
  • Jen
    Dec 14, 2018
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  • Catherine
    Jan 02, 2019
    The last book I read in 2018. Not sure that this is the true story behind Degas' masterpiece so much as part of the true story but it was interesting & I learning some things & although the book was a little draggy in parts it got better & was worth finishing & was over...
  • Cat
    Oct 16, 2018
    I enjoy works by Degas! Receiving this book was a real joy!This short read is a bio on Marie Genevieve van Goethem, who modeled for Degas to earn extra money. She was a young dancer for the Paris Opera, but did not advance very far in the profession. It didn't pay very well either. The...
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    Dec 01, 2018
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  • Erin Simone
    Dec 27, 2018
    "The sculpture allows the emptiness around her to be suggested: no scenery, no company. You walk around a sculpture, taking it in from all sides the way you might examine a question from every angle. The 'little Nana' stands against a backdrop of nothingness." p. 38 ...
  • Abiman
    Jan 02, 2019
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  • Marie
    Aug 07, 2018
    I received an uncorrected ARC in exchange for an honest review. Rating: 3.8 / 5 In Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece, Camille Laurens explores the story behind the girl who posed for Edgar Degas? famous Little Dancer sculpture. We learn her na...
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    Jan 04, 2019
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    Dec 31, 2018
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    Dec 26, 2018
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