Table lamp in the guise of the dancer Loïe Fuller
François Raoul Larche
Paris, foundry Siot-Decauville, 1900
H. 45.4 cm
Acquired with the collection of Prof. Dr. Siegfried Wichmann, Starnberg, in 1983
Inv. No. SW 81
With this table lamp, French Art Nouveau sculptor François Raoul Larche created a spectacular monument to the American Loïe Fuller (1862-1928). In the 1890s, Fuller rose to become one of the most celebrated dancers in Paris and a pioneer of modern dance. Her Serpentine Dance with swirling veils and novel electric lighting effects inspired many artists during her time. The gilded bronze statuette translates her performance into a frenetic flow of movement, illuminated by electric light fixture as in her actual performance. This was screwed in above her head underneath the rearing draperies.