Rodin & Dance : The Essence of the Movement
'Everywhere you look figures are cavorting and leaping, twisting and crouching, swivelling and contorting. They swirl, balance and splay in improbable poses. The human frame is being pushed to its furthermost limits' - The Times
Rodin & Dance: The Essence of Movement is the first serious study of Rodin's late sculptural series known as the Dance Movements. Exploring the artist's fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue give an account of Rodin's passion for new forms of dance - from south-asian dances to the music hall and the avant-garde - which began appearing on the French stage around 1900. Rodin made hundreds of drawings and watercolours of dancers.
From about 1911 he also gave sculptural expression to this fascination with dancers' bodies and movements in creating the Dance Movements, a series of small clay figure studies (each approx. 30 cm in height) that stretch and twist in unsettling ways. These leaping, turning figures in terracotta and plaster were found in the artist's studio after his death and were not exhibited during Rodin's lifetime or known beyond his close circle.
Presented alongside the associated drawings and photographs of some of the dancers, they show a new side to Rodin's art, in which he pushed the boundaries of sculpture, expressing themes of flight and gravity. This exhibition catalogue includes an introductory essay on the history of the bronze casting of the Dance Movements and the critical fortune of the series, an essay on the dancers Rodin admired, and an extensive technical essay as well as detailed entries on the works in the exhibition and new technical information on the drawings. Contributors include Alexandra Gerstein, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Courtauld Institute of Art; Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Director, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris; Juliet Bellow, Associate Professor of Art History, American University in Washington, DC and currently Resident Fellow, the Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York University; Francois Blanchetiere, Curator of Sculpture at the Musee Rodin; Agnes Cascio and Juliette Levy, distinguished sculpture conservators; Sophie Biass-Fabiani, Curator of Works on Paper at the Musee Rodin; and Kate Edmonson, Conservator of Works on Paper at The Courtauld Gallery.
- Author: Sophie Biass-Fabiani, Musée Rodin
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Date published: October 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1907372995
- Product Dimensions: 26.0 x 21.6 cm