To see this scultpure in person meant so much to me, after a long obsession. What I find strange is that I really don't find any interest in scultpure but i think the discipline of this pose and the silhouette is what attracts me. It amazes me that Degas was able to make such a soft sculpture out of wax, and this softness is carried on very visibly in the bronze castings, the real fabric tutu also adds a sense of reality to this scultpure. Also what was criticised hugely when this sculpture was revealed is one of my favourite things about it, which is the shape of her face. It was said to be much like a monkey, I guess the the grace and beauty wasn't seen as much in the 19th century as ballet dancers then were very much poor and low-class. Thus the profile is my favourite angle.
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