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Loïe Fuller, The Dancer

Raoul François Larche
(French, 1860–1912)

1900. Bronze, 18 1/8 x 10 1/8 x 9 1/8" (45.7 x 25.5 x 23.1 cm)

The bronze sculpture Loïe Fuller, The Dancer is in the style of Art Nouveau—a style of art, architecture, and design inspired by nature. Vines and vegetation inspired the curvilinear lines and rhythmic patterns typical of the style. Loïe Fuller was a modern dancer and choreographer who developed her own natural movement style that combined choreography with silk costumes and colored light. The unique swirling movements that were characteristic of Fuller’s dancing extended through her filmy costumes, creating organic, fluid forms that embody the Art Nouveau sensibility.

Fuller became famous in America for her original choreographic work, the Serpentine Dance (1891). However, her work was so well received by the French, she moved to Paris and danced regularly at the Folies Bergère, a famed French cabaret.

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