Degas

Masterpiece London 2018, the high point of the London Art Season, opens with week. 

Visit us on stand D7 from Thursday 28th June until Wednesday 4th July (preview 27th June) and see works by artists including, François Boucher, Corrado Giaquinto, Sir William Beechey, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Federico Beltran Masses, Jacques-Émile Blanche and Pierre-Amédée Marcel-Bérroneau.

To commemorate the centenary of the death of Edgar Degas, Degas: A Passion for Perfection - an exhibition of sculptures, paintings and drawings by the artist, has opened at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Among the many masterpieces in this exhibition, one of the most popular will be the Hébrard posthumous bronze sculpture of Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, lent by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

In conjunction with Stair Sainty Gallery's upcoming exhibition, Degas: Little Dancer Rediscovered, Dr Gregory Hedberg; the author of the new book Degas' Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen - The earlier version that helped spark the birth of modern art, will be giving a lecture on Thursday 4th May, 6pm at the Lansdowne Club, Mayfair. Dr. Hedberg’s lecture explores the various problematic findings regarding the physical state of Degas’ Little Dancer wax sculpture today and how the recently discovered plaster helps to explain these puzzles.  The influence of Degas’ Little Dancer in 1881 on Whistler, Manet, Sargent and Seurat will also be explored. To see a video of Dr Hedberg's lecture, please click here.  ...

The most direct evidence of the appearance of this iconic sculpture was a drawing, one of three on a single sheet, in which the young Marie van Goethem is presented from several different angles, including a full frontal image which shows her standing, facing forward with her weight evenly distributed on each leg. Her bodice has a low cut décolletage, and extends down to her navel, with her head only slightly tilted upwards. The other two drawings on the sheet show her from behind at slightly different angles, her arms stretched straight behind with her hands clasped lightly together. In one of the two her hair is partly plaited.