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François-Raoul Larche "Loïe Fuller" Lighted Gilt Bronze Sculpture

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By François-Raoul Larche, this French Art Nouveau gilt bronze lighted sculpture, entitled "Loïe Fuller," is the most famous of all bronzes to be made in the Art Nouveau aesthetic, representing the famous American dancer and choreographer, Loïe Fuller, performing one of her renowned scarf dances. Her flowing robes and fabrics conceal two light bulbs, which would serve to create drama and movement during its time.

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Item #: YS-19625
Artist: François-Raoul Larche
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 18.5" height, 10" width, 9" depth
Materials: Bronze
Signed: “Raoul Larche” and stamped with the Siot Decauville foundry mark, Paris
Exhibition History: This sculpture has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions, most notably at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Villa Stuck Museum in Germany

American born, Loïe Fuller left the United States and found acclaim in Paris, where her exotic scarf dances were lit against a black floor and background by colored electric lights. The lighting in this piece is meant to capture the allure of seeing Fuller on stage during a performance.
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