Auguste Rodin (1840 -1917)

Dance Movement B

Circa 1911

Terracotta

H. 34 cm ; W. 11 cm ; D. 12.5 cm

S.1184

Sculpture and dance draw on the same religious sources, which explains the occasionally unexpected closeness of the two art forms. The series of nine Dance Movements, A to I, belongs to the final area of research in Rodin’s life. Fascinated by the female body and movement, the sculptor took a keen interest in ballet whenever it was not classical.

 

He first saw Alda Moreno, the woman acrobat and dancer employed at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, in 1905, in photographs, but only managed to actually meet her with the help of Jules Desbois in 1910. Over a threeyear period, he made sketches and models of her, but this work, which he considered highly innovative and entitled The Creation of Woman, was for his eyes only.

 

For a long time, therefore, the general public were unaware of the series, in which human anatomy is not respected so as to attain, to quote Rodin,“almost pure mathematics”.

 

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