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Manuel Orazi "Théâtre de Loïe Fuller" Lithograph

$32,500

Titled, "Théâtre de Loïe Fuller," this lithograph by Manuel Orazi depicts the famed American dancer, Loïe Fuller, at her dedicated Parisian theater. An arresting, abstracted portrayal of the gifted performer, the main panel of the lithograph, which serves as the body of the print, features a background that gently transitions from purple to a soft yellow and then a pastel orange. The foreground of the composition is an ethereal white and golden hued representation of Loïe Fuller herself, surrounded by geometrically stylized flowers. The title panel, on a background of sky blue, announces the work in beautifully strong text, framed by an overflowing bouquet of naturalistic white flowers and delicate leaves.

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Item #: ML-20070
Artist: Manuel Orazi
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 79.5" height, 25.5" width
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame
Signed: The artist's insignia appears on the lower right of the image
Literature/Exhibition History: Similar poster pictured in Loïe Fuller: Magician of Light, in the namesake exhibition at the Virginia Museum, from March 12 to April 22, 1979, Richmond: The Virginia Museum, 1979, p. 76; Similar poster also pictured in The Kogod Collection, E. Greenwich, RI: Meridian Printing, 2004, p. 242
Featured image of Loie Fuller’s Theater at the 1900 Exposition Universelle with Pierre Roche sculpture above entrance and Manuel Orazi poster on the far right. Courtesy of the RISD Museum, Providence, RI. All rights reserved.

An early practitioner of free-form choreography, and a virtuoso of cutting-edge technologies, Loïe Fuller danced amid swirling silk wraps on an electrified stage glowing with her patented chemical salts, gels and smoke. An evocation of the hypnotic performances that conjured trance states in her audiences, Manuel Orazi’s portrayal reveals why Fuller’s revolutionary art is acclaimed by contemporary dance critics as “emerging out of darkness, leading the audience into abstraction.”

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