Art experts told to take a second look at contentious plaster model

Art experts who “scoffed” at a plaster copy of Edgar Degas’ ‘Little Dancer’ are being encouraged to “take a second look” at what is now believed to be an earlier model of the famous 1881 sculpture.

Discovered in 2004 in the closet of a now defunct foundry outside Paris the plaster was regarded by a group of distinguished art historians as a copy of ‘La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze ans’ (1881). The Degas experts believed the plaster was marked by a number of differences in pose, posture and expression from the real ‘Little Dancer’. Now one of those experts, Arthur Beale, has broken ranks to endorse a controversial theory proposed by art historian Gregory Hedberg.  Continue reading