LOÏE FULLER (1862 - 1928)
"the theatrical form of poetry par excellence"
"the dizzyness of soul made visible by an artifice"
Stéphane Mallarmé (French Symbolist poet 1842 - 1898)
The word 'Icon' has become an overused and somewhat devalued word at the beginning of this century, but Loie Fuller, the inspiration for Raoul Larche's (1860-1912) gilt-bronze figural lamp was a true icon at the end of the 19th Century and embodied, as a performer, the spirit of Art Nouveau. An American, born in Chicago in 1862, she débuted at the Folie Bergeres in 1892 and took Paris and the Art world by storm inspiring so many artists with her sensational 'Serpentine' dances. She specifically choreographed using electricity, the technical phenomena of the age, and using swathes of voluminous silk on bamboo extensions to emphasize her fluid, flowing movements she epitomized the sensuality and excitement of the age.
"For many painters and poets, especially those attracted to or associated with the Symbolist movement, Fuller's performances embodied everything they hoped to accomplish in their work. Expressive yet barely mimetic, beautiful yet utterly modern, and with the suggestion of transport to otherworldly realms, her synthesis of color, movement, and music resonated deeply with other artists who saw her." Carolyn Sinsky, The Modernism Lab, Yale University.
"Miss Loïe Fuller", lithograph in colours with hand-applied gold powder, 1893, by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) which sold at Christie's New York in 2009.