How De­gas’ Lit­tle Dancer broke the mould – and her maker

Cal Revely-Calder

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an­nual seats, for which they would be granted back­stage ac­cess. They would then spon­sor or pro­tect “their” girls in re­turn for cer­tain favours. The age of con­sent in Paris had been 13 since 1863. Be­fore that, it was 11.

To some, the sculp­ture’s ob­scure fa­cial ex­pres­sion spoke of a girl who knew too much; Paul Mantz, re­view­ing the Salon for Le Temps, said that her face was “marked with the hate­ful prom­ise of ev­ery vice”. Al­bert Wolff, Le Fi­garo’s arch-con­ser­va­tive critic, noted the sim­i­lar­ity be­tween her pro­file and the two Crim­i­nal

Phys­iog­nomies sketches De­gas showed along­side her. De­gas’s

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