“Little Dancer” Plaster Could be an Authentic Degas

A painting of dancers by Edgar Degas. A painting of dancers by Edgar Degas. Wikimedia Commons

Since 2004, scholars have gone back and forth about the authenticity of a plaster of Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer. Now, over ten years after the discourse began, Arthur Beale—one of world’s leading Degas scholars—announced that he believes that the work was created by the French Impressionist himself. Beale, who once served as the chairman of the department of conservation and collections management at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, had previously disapproved of the theory set forth by the art historian, Gregory Hedberg.

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