Tuesday, 20 September 2011


Last weekend we went to see the exhibition "Degas and the Ballet - picturing movement" at the Royal Academy of Art.

The kids wanted to see little Marie. They had read about her but were slightly disappointed that she seemed rather small. Their curiosity had been fired by the book 'Degas and the little dancer' which very nicely brings to life the background story of the sculpture, the artist and indeed the little model.

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The exhibition documents Degas' interest in the human figure in movement and sets this in context with the photography and film of the time. It is this aspect which makes the exhibition really worthwhile in my opinion. Without the link to film and photo it would have been a few ballet dancers too many assembled in one room. 

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