• Anonyme

  • 12.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Circa 1920
  • Silver film print
  • 2007.4.1
  • Paris, musée Bourdelle

The American dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) was one of Bourdelle’s muses. She can be seen here in the foreground, improvising freely with bouquets in her hand. The master depicted her many times from 1909 onwards, in both drawing and sculpture. Isadora even inspired the low reliefs at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. As a pioneer of freestyle dance, she caused a scandal by performing with no tutu or ballet shoes. She used to wear only light clothes and dance barefoot, as this photo shows. As an outdoor dancing enthusiast, in empathy with nature, she promoted a freedom of movement and body. Keen to share her art, she founded several schools, where she taught her innovative methods to young children.

Notice's author : Stéphanie Cantarutti