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Clara Pfeffer "Loïe Fuller" Sculpture

This patinated bronze sculpture “Loïe Fuller” by Clara Pfeffer features dual lighted elements that emerge from the fabric in each of the dancer’s hands. The statue is a gorgeous representation of the performer’s famed routines known for their signature element of expressive movements using drapery. Here Fuller dances with the cape of her costume, her head extending with her arched back and her arms lifting one above her head, the other in front of her chest. These movements create the iconic silhouette of thrown fabric around her body that she is known and admired for achieving in her dances.

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Item #: YS-20972
Artist: Clara Pfeffer
Country: France
Circa: 1894
Dimensions: 16" high x 13" wide x 9" deep
Materials: Bronze
Signed: “Pfeffer” “Fonderie de Vincennes E 3”
Literature: A similar sculpture is pictured in: Loïe Fuller: Magician of Light, catalogue of an exhibition at the Virginia Museum, March 12-April 22, 1979, Richmond: The Virginia Museum, 1979, p. 51, cat. no. 21.

Originally a vaudeville performer, Loïe Fuller moved to Paris to achieve fame for her fabric-throwing choreography. Upon arriving in the city of love, she discovered an American colleague stole her serpentine routine. Fuller knew that if she could get a chance to perform the dance, she would outshine her competition. That is precisely what she did, too; she dazzled Parisian audiences and became known for her nature-inspired dance routines that featured an emphasis on the swinging and throwing of her costumes.