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Louis Chalon "Octopus Dancer" Gilt Bronze Figural Sculpture


This gilt bronze figural sculpture by Louis Chalon depicts a dancing woman with an octopus at her feet, one of its tendrils wrapped intimately around her leg. Her rolling unfurled veils, imbuing her with exoticism, as her free-form dance movement and extended limbs dramatically draw apart her clothing in an expression of feminine sensuality.

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Item #: S-19466
Artist: Louis Chalon
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 20.5" height, 15" width, 7" depth
Materials: Gilt bronze
Signed: "L. Chalon" and stamp "Louchet Paris Chisper"
Literature: Similar sculpture pictured in Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 101

The piece explores the turn-of-the century fascination with Japanese shunga, artwork that traditionally depicted sensual pleasures. Many of these pieces show a feminine form being engulfed by an octopus in varied and multiple ways.