Former Conservation Chair at Museum of Fine Arts Boston Claims Disputed Degas Plaster May Be Authentic

September 14th, 2016

A former chairman of the department of conservation and collections management at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has spoken out on the long disputed plaster cast of Degas’s Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans.  Long thought to be produced after the artist’s death, Arthur Beale now believes that the artist may have produced the piece.  “I think those that have scoffed at it as being a fake or a copy or something, should take a second look,” he said. “That there’s a good deal of evidence, of all natures — art, historical, technical, scientific and so forth — that make this a rather significant, seemingly significant piece.”

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