The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, August 18, 2019

Degas Dancer estimated at US$25-35 million to lead Christie's Impressionist and Modern evening sale
Edgar Degas’ Petite danseuse de quatorze ans, the most celebrated sculpture to have emerged from the Impressionist era. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011.

NEW YORK, N.Y.- Christie’s announces its Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on November 1 will be led by Edgar Degas’ Petite danseuse de quatorze ans, the most celebrated sculpture to have emerged from the Impressionist era. With its unflinching realism, bold and unconventional combination of materials, and staunch rejection of idealized grace, Petite danseuse represents a defining moment in Degas’s career, when he made a daring and controversial break with academic tradition to embrace a new modernist aesthetic unlike any seen before. This iconic work of art is estimated at $25 – 35 million, and is poised to become one of the top-selling works of Impressionist art to reach the auction block this season.

“Petite danseuse ranks among the most-loved of all Impressionist works, and continues to cast a spell over museum visitors the world over. It is a signal honor for Christie’s to have been entrusted with the sale of this work,” said Conor Jordan, Head of Impressionist and Modern Art for Christie’s Americas. “The Petite danseuse is the largest, most technically ambitious, and most complex of Degas’ sculptures, and the only one that he ever exhibited during his lifetime. It represents the pinnacle of his achievement in this medium, to which he devoted a great deal of time and energy over the course of his career.”

Degas first unveiled the original tinted wax and mixed media version of Petite danseuse in 1881 at the Sixth Impressionist Exhibition, where it made an immediate and dramatic impact. With its unflinchingly naturalistic depiction of a young dancer and its unconventional addition of clothing and hair, the 40-inch high figure earned instant notoriety among artists and connoisseurs. The art historian Richard Kendall, co-curator of the exhibition “Degas and the Ballet” currently on view at the Royal Academy in London, has written, “Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is among the three or four most celebrated sculptures of the modern age. Along with Rodin’s The Kiss and the same artist’s The Thinker, and perhaps Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty, Degas’s statuette of a slender young ballet dancer has become recognizable to millions and admired throughout the world.”

Degas exhibited Petite danseuse only on that one occasion during his life and thereafter resisted countless requests from collectors to sell or create copies of the figure. Following the artist’s death in 1917, Degas’ heirs contracted with the celebrated art foundry of Adrien Hébrard to cast a limited number of his extant sculptures in bronze, including Petite danseuse. Of the 28 examples made of the Little dancer between 1921 and 1938, the majority is claimed by prominent museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Tate in London. Only 10 remain in private collections, including the example to be offered at Christie’s upcoming sale.

In the last year, prices for exceptional examples of modern sculpture have soared, driven by demand from collectors worldwide for masterpiece-quality works by the greatest masters of the Impressionist and Modern periods. In November 2010, Christie’s set a new artist record of $48.8 million for Henri Matisse’s Back IV, a monumental bronze from the artist’s most celebrated series. And in June 2010, Christie’s set a new auction record for the most expensive work of art sold in France with the sale of Amedeo Modigliani’s carved limestone Tête for $52.7 million. In May 2010 in New York, Christie’s fetched $53.3 million for Alberto Giacometti’s bronze, Grand Tête Mince from the Collection of Mrs. Sidney F. Brody.

Petite danseuse de quatorze ans will be on display to the public at Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries beginning October 28. In advance of the November 1 sale in New York, Christie’s will tour this exceptional sculpture to its Christie’s London, where it will be on view to the public from October 9 -15 at the company’s King Street galleries.

Christies | Edgar Degas | Impressionist |

Today's News

October 8, 2011

Mexican archaeologists find Aztec temple platform at Mexico City's Templo Mayor ruin

Christie's announces the auction of an exceptional selection of Pop Art masterpieces

"Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" opens at Reynolda House Museum

Degas Dancer estimated at US$25-35 million to lead Christie's Impressionist and Modern evening sale

"Beckmann & America" at the Stadel Museum highlights Max Beckmann's late works

New show at Ordovas Gallery in London examines artist Francis Bacon's debt to Rembrandt

La Dolce Vita: 1950-1960. Stars and Celebrities in the Italian Fifties at Eataly New York

Christie's New York announces sale of selected works from the Herbert Collection this November

Frans Hals Museum confronts contemporary arts with master paintings of the Golden Age

The Pace Gallery presents "pionier" exhibition by German artist Carsten Nicolai

Egyptian treasures from the Brooklyn Museum exhibition opens at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Major exhibition&event that recounts Arte Povera at the Maxxi Museum in Rome

The Whitney presents three Landscapes: A film installation by Roy Lichtenstein

Schwarzenegger inaugurates his museum in Austria

Sotheby's HK autumn sales achieved over US$411 million, the second highest total ever

Jury announced for United Kingdom's biggest painting prize

Miami Art Museum names Chief Financial Officer

International bidders drive Asian works of art auction past pre-sale estimate

Sam Jury is Perlmutter Award winner

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Related Stories

Important Silver and Objects of Vertu to be sold at Christie's October 21

The most important pair of Russian vases to appear on the market this Autumn

Christie's in London announces sale of early Paul McCartney letter offering drummer tryout

Christie's to sell property from the collection of Hollywood legends Lew and Edie Wasserman

Actor Richard Gere's guitar collection fetches $1 million at Christie's in New York City

Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor romance puts sparkle in diamonds auction at Christie's

Christie's shows off star New York Lots in newly renovated show rooms in central London

Christie's announces the auction of an exceptional selection of Pop Art masterpieces

Christie's New York announces sale of selected works from the Herbert Collection this November

Christie's New York announces sale of over 150 fine musical instruments on October 14

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful