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D176197

Table lamp in the guise of the dancer Loïe Fuller

Artist
François Raoul Larche
Locality
Paris, foundry Siot-Decauville
Date
1900
Material/Technique
Bronze, gilded
Dimensions
H. 45.4 cm
Location
Inventory Number
SW 81
Categories
Sculpture
Epoch
Jugendstil

Description

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.

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