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Théodore Rivière "La Danse du lys" Bronze Sculpture

The "La Danse du lys" bronze sculpture is of the American performer Loïe Fuller in the midst of one of her famed dances, the dance of the lily. Here Fuller stands facing forward, supported by a singular leg as evidenced by her one foot on the textured base. Her left leg is extended in an arabesque creating tension in her skirt. That tension is released as one travels up the dancer’s body and observes her sleeves which float weightlessly around her outwardly extended and raised arms, her costume mimicking the shape of a lily flower.

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Item #: YS-20981
Artist: Théodore Rivière
Country: France
Circa: 1898
Dimensions: 11" high, 8" wide, 6" deep
Materials: Patinated Bronze
Signed: Théodore Rivière Foundry Mark Cire, C. Valsuan, Perdue
Exhibition History: 1924-1925 San Francisco at the Inaugural Exposition of French Art in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, Lincoln Park, 1924-1925, no. 219 (Loïe Fuller, bronze. Lent by Mrs. Alma de Bretteville Spreckels),
Literature: Colette Dumas, Théodore Rivière, Sa vie, Catalogue raisonné de son oeuvre, extrait de la thèse soutenue à l'Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier III sous la direction de Madame Luce Barlangue, 1997, p. 92 n° 107 (La Danse du Lys, Loïe Fuller, vers 1898. Exemplaire bronze trois patines dont l'une d'or)

Loie Fuller was quite the talk of the early 1900s. An American dancer turned superstar performer on the European stage. She was primarily known for her dances and their accompanying costumes. In addition to her fame as a performer, she was a popular figure amongst other celebrities of her day; she was even in a public affair with electrical engineer and inventor Nicholai Tesla.