Not long to go to a talk with my daughter, Rachel on the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. It's for the Cercle français de Belfast and will cover Edgar DEGAS' sculptural masterpiece and Camille LAURENS' book of the same name published by Les Fugitives press. Oh, and Théophile GAUTIER gets plenty of attention too thanks to his short treatise on Le RAT - the name given to the young dancers at the Paris Opéra.
One of those "little rats" is the subject of the talk, Marie Geneviève van GOETHEM. She was born in 1865 and grew up to be our Little Dancer and model for Degas.
Check out the Cercle here and the book at Les Fugitives available here.
It's fascinating and well worth a read.
Maybe see you there?