Raoul François Larche Loïe Fuller, The Dancer c. 1900

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Raoul François Larche was one of a number of artists inspired by the American dancer and choreographer Loïe Fuller. In his sinuous Art Nouveau sculpture, Loïe Fuller, The Dancer, he captures the exuberance of her performances.

A dazzling presence on stage, Fuller became famous in America for her Serpentine Dance (1891). But she received such an adoring reception by the French that she moved to Paris, where she became a regular performer at the Folies Bergère, a famed cabaret. She performed in enormous lengths of fabric that she would send billowing and swirling around her body as she twirled across the stage. The fabric would catch and reflect the multicolored lights she set up, creating a spectacular effect and earning her the nickname, the “Electric Fairy.” Here Larche sculpts Fuller as an almost goddess-like figure, commanding waves of fabric that fly weightlessly above her head and around her lithe body.

18 1/8 x 10 1/8 x 9 1/8" (45.7 x 25.5 x 23.1 cm)
Gift of Anthony Russo
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Painting and Sculpture
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The artist (cast by Siot-Decauville Fondeur, Paris)
Lillian Nassau, New York. ? - 1973
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Lillian Nassau, 1973

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