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Henri Levasseur "Loie Fuller" Gilt Bronze Sculpture

This gilt bronze French Art Nouveau figural sculpture of Loïe Fuller by Henri Levasseur features the dancer performing her famous dance of veils. Fuller stands nude, one foot in front of the other, her body draped in a continuous fabric clinging to her breasts like wet drapery. Her arms hold the drapery away from her trunk, creating a half-shell-like effect behind her head on which her hair clings. The reverse of the sculpture features the flowing fabrics in motion, both clinging to her backside and moving freely through the air.

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Item #: YS-20976
Artist: Henri Louis Levasseur
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 15" high
Materials: Gilt Bronze
Signed: H. Levasseur
Literature: Goldring Jessica Benjamin Macklowe Kathleen Moore Lary Matlick Antonio Virardi and Macklowe Gallery. 2011. Dynamic Beauty : Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris. New York N.Y: Macklowe Gallery. p. 201

Loïe Fuller was one of the biggest stars of the 1900s. She achieved fame through her groundbreaking choreography, which featured the manipulation of fabrics swung around her body to mimic aspects of life. Loïe Fuller’s named her famed routines after their inspirations, such as the serpentine, the lily, and the dance of veils in this sculpture. French poet, Stéphane Mallarmé’s writings inspired this dance of veils. He likened music to the movement of gauze in the air.