Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.1128
People
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Marie Van Goethem
Title
Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Petite danseuse de quatorze ans / La Grande Danseuse
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
1880
Culture
French
Location
Level 2, Room 2700, European and American Art, 19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze with tulle skirt and satin hair ribbon
Technique
Cast, lost-wax process
Dimensions
99.1 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm (39 x 14 x 14 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: left thigh, stamped, relief: CIRE / PERDUE / AA HÉBRARD
  • foundry mark: left thigh, stamped, relief: C
Provenance
Steven C. Clark.
Scott & Fowles, New York, NY, Sold to Winthrop, 1924.
Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, Purchased from Scott & Fowles, 1924, Bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943. Winthrop paid $4,500 (see receipt dated 12/31/1924 in curatorial file).
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.1128
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 147, p. 130, repr.

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Abbeville Press/Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1985), no. 48, repr.

Harry Cooper, Sharon Hecker, Henry Lie, and Derek Pullen, Medardo Rosso: Second Impressions, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums and Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2003), p. 35, fig. 23

Marjorie B. Cohn and Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas at Harvard, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge MA / New Haven CT, 2005), pp. 39-40; repr. in color as fig. 23, p . 45; p. 89; no. 11, p. 100

Michael Conforti, James A. Ganz, and Neil Harris, The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings, exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute/Yale University Press (Williamstown, MA, 2006), p. 322

Meredith Goldstein, "Viva el Degas", The Boston Globe (August 1 2005), Page 1 of "Sidekick" section, repr. p. 1

Sara Campbell, "A Catalogue of Degas' Bronzes", Apollo (New Series) (August 1995), vol. CXLII, no. 402, p. 47

"MemberCard Best Bets", GBH: The Members' Guide (August 2005), repr.

"Distinguished Collection of Degas Masterworks Opens", website, August 4 2005, repr.

Jon Garelick, "Abstract Thoughts: The Transitional and Transcendent Art of Edgar Degas at the Sackler Museum", The Boston Phoenix (August 5 2005), p. 18, p. 18

Bob Jackman, "Shades of Degas", The Patriot Ledger (August 6 2005-August 7 2005), pp. 39-40, repr. p. 39

Sara Campbell, "Une Danseuse et Trente Tutus", La Revue du Musée d'Orsay, Musée d'Orsay (Paris, France, Autumn 1998), 48/14, no. 7, p. 69; repr. in b/w p. 70, fig. 7

Richard Kendall, "Degas", The Burlington Magazine (December 2005), CXLVII, pp. 847-848, p. 847

Barbaranell Hymes, "Degas' Wit", The Christian Science Monitor (January 14, 1975), repr. [unpaginated?]

Christopher Reed, "Mad for Degas", Harvard Magazine (July 2005 - August 2005), vol. 107, no. 6, pp. 40-45, p. 42, ill.

[Reproduction only], "This Week", The Boston Globe, (November 24 2005)., p. 13

Keith Powers, "Degas Vu", Cambridge Chronicle (October 20 2005), p. 17, p. 17, repr.

Kate Ledogar, "'Degas at Harvard,' at the Sackler", The Weekly Dig (October 26 2005), p. 50, p. 50, ill.

Casey N. Cep, "Curator Defends 'Fake' Degas", The Harvard Crimson (October 28 2005), p. B3, repr. p. B3

Christine Temin, "Degas Show at Harvard gives Insight into Cuno", Chicago Tribune (September 4 2005)

Exhibition History

Modern Art at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/1985 - 01/05/1986

Degas at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005

Modern Art and Modernity, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted