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Pas de Deux - Movement de Danse Type G
Signed A. Rodin
Inscribed Georges Rudier Fondeur Paris no.2 and Â© by Musée Rodin 1966
Bronze with rich green, black and brown patination
Height: 13 1/2" (34 cm)
Conceived circa 1911. This example was cast in 1966
Cast in an edition of 12, there are no lifetime casts
This work was conceived in 1911 by Rodin and the plaster model given to the Rodin Museum. No lifetime casts are recorded. An edition of 13 casts were made starting in 1966 of which this
is cast No.2.
This work is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the Comité Rodin and will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Critique de L’oeuvre Sculpté d’Auguste Rodin.
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. 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’. 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.
Isadora Duncan performing barefoot, photograph by Arnold Genthe
Portrait of Loïe Fuller,
photograph by Frederick Glaier 1902
Location of Casts:No.0 is in the collection of the Musée RodinNo.3 is in the collection of the Los Angeles MuseumNo. 4 is in the collection of the Norton Simon MuseumNo. 6 is in the Cantor collectionNo. 11 is in the collection of the Stanford University Museum.
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