Degas and the Little Dancer: A story about Edgar Degas
The petition renewed a debate over the kind of conduct between older, mostly male artists and historically young and female subjects history is willing to not only condone but exalt. As an adult, Degas fraternized with few women aside from his housekeepers. He was a voyeur who adopted the attitude of a father figure, a chauvinist critic who embodied the basics of toxic masculinity. One ballerina died after her tutu lit on fire during a rehearsal. For Degas, the fact that young dancers had sex with old men read not as abuse on the part of the latter but as sin on the part of the former. Degas subscribed to physiognomy, which presumes that criminal behaviors are passed on genetically and thus manifest in physical features. Made of pigmented beeswax, clay and metal armature, and dressed in genuine clothing and slippers, the sculpture was initially derided for resembling a common wax doll.
Look Inside. Nov 20, ISBN She is famous throughout the world, but how many know her name? 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. She was fired after several years of intense labor; the director had had enough of her repeated absences.
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