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Children on a Doorstep

1872:

Degas began this work three weeks after his arrival in New Orleans in1872. In a letter to Tissot, he mentioned the difficulties he found in persuading the children to pose - "To make a cousin sit for you when she is nursing a brat of two months is quite hard work. To get young children to pose on the steps is another job of work which doubles the fatigues of the first. It is the art of giving pleasure, and one must look the part."
 
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