I couldn't resist this weekend assignment. :)
Weekend Assignment #108: Show off (or link to) a lesser-known work from a favorite artist. Because there's more to Da Vinci than the Mona Lisa, and more to Van Gogh than Starry Night. I'm thinking of painters, but if you'd prefer to essay a lesser known book from a famous author, or song from a favorite musician, that'll work, too.
Extra Credit: When was the last time you were in an art museum?
Both of these works are by Edgar Degas. Although when I think of Degas, I think of those beautiful paintings of ballerinas, I also like these two works.
I have Degas on the brain lately, what with my tiny dancer and her penchant for everyone's favorite little swine, Olivia. Everytime I read that story to her, and we get to the Degas in it, I stop for a minute, just to take it in. And I daydream about taking her to see the real one.
On the left, the painting is L'absinthe, done in 1876. You can see a better copy of it here. I like it that it's not a perfect pretty picture; they hardly appear to be content, but you can't stop looking at them. Check, please.
As for The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer, the sculpture on the right, I can't help but like it. As I mentioned before, one usually associates Degas with the paintings of dancers. I find it a nice change of pace to have this dancer in 3-D. She's so fantastic, I almost expect her to come to life. This was done in 1880, as a wax figure, tinted to look like flesh; complete with real bodice, tutu, slippers, and a wig with a ribbon in it. It was cast in bronze in 1922. She is still tinted, with a cotton skirt and satin ribbon.
And yes, something about the pose reminds me of Audrey. Maybe because I think you can really see the spirit of a little girl in this, and that is what enchants me so about it.
Extra Credit: I went to the local youth museum with Audrey for a preschool field trip a few months ago. It was really interactive and we had a lot of fun.
Hmm. Maybe I'll go back and do the poetry assignment from last week.....