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The controversial history of La Petite Danseuse

la petite danseuse 004.jpgThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has brought a famous sculpture by Degas, La petite danseuse, to Montreal as a prelude to a major exhibition on the Impressionists to begin in October.

The iconic sculpture is was originally made of wax with real hair and real cloth for the tutu and ballet slippers.

The Impressionists exhibition is on a world tour, but the Degas statue is coming to Montreal exclusively. 

Today, we see La petite danseuse as an object of beauty.

But it hasn't always been that way, explains Nathalie Bondil, director of the MMFA.  

Listen to Nathalie Bondil explain why the sculpture was once seen as "shocking" and "ugly":

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(Photo credit: Jeanette Kelly)

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