5 May 2004
Property from the Estate of Mary, Viscountess Eccles
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
Mouvement de danse E
signed and numbered 'A. Rodin No 6' (on the bottom of the left foot) and dated '© by Musée Rodin 1956' (on the left hand)
bronze with green and brown patina
Height: 14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm.)
Conceived circa 1911; this bronze version cast by the Georges Rudier Foundry, 1956
Musée Rodin, Paris.
Robert Eritsch, New York (acquired from the above, 1957).
Galerie Gérald Cramer, Geneva.
Acquired from the above by the late owner, 1958.
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R. Descharnes and J.-F. Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Lausanne, 1967, p. 250 and 252 (terracotta version illustrated, fig. B).
I. Jianou and C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 113.
The American Loïe Fuller's veil dances at the Folies Bergéres in 1892 became the rage of Paris. Her free and spontaneous approach to movement kindled in Rodin an interest in dance, and during this time he also became friendly with Isadora Duncan, who established a 'temple' to the cult of the Greek dance in Bellevue, near the sculptor's studio in Meudon. Rodin sketched her students in their movements, lamenting 'if I had only known such models when I was young. Models who move and whose movement is in close harmony with nature' (Descharnes and Chabrun, op. cit, p. 246). Rodin executed nine figures in 1910-1919 entitled Mouvements de danse. The plaster versions remain in the collection of the Musée Rodin, which then cast them posthumously.
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