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Little Dancer

Artist: Jane Sutherland (1942 – )
Date: 2007
21st century
Dimensions: 42 x 30 in. (106.68 x 76.2 cm)
Object Type: Drawing
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Charcoal with gesso and pumice on Arches paper
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2008.
Accession Number: 2022.47.01
This work is not currently on view

"This rear view drawing of Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen Years Old is one of my series of 8
drawings, 7 large oil paintings and 6 small portrait heads of the Little Dancer. This drawing is based on a
bronze copy of the original wax sculpture and is a drawing study for one of the larger oil paintings.
I first became acquainted with the sculpture at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts as a young girl of about
her age. My interest was reawakened when I had the opportunity to observe the restoration of it at the
National Gallery in Washington. By portraying the Little Dancer from many viewpoints I bring attention
as well to the actual girl, Marie Van Goethem, the young child of a working class family who wanted to
become a great dancer and instead became on the great muses in the history of art.
The drawing is charcoal on a heavy weight drawing paper that I prepared by coating several layers to
both sides with gesso mixed with fine pumice. I frequently prepare paper for drawing with charcoal this
- Artist Statement


Dance: Marc Mellon, Jane Sutherland, Philip Trager. Fairfield University Art Museum, Walsh Gallery (September 18, 2015 - January 15, 2016)


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