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Agathon Léonard

Dancer with Torches

Artist

Agathon Léonard
Lille, France, 1841 – Paris 1923

Title

Dancer with Torches

Date

About 1900

Materials

Bronze

Dimensions

62.3 x 28 x 21.5 cm

Founder

Cast Susse Frères, Paris

Credits

Gift of Huguette Derouin-Weider, inv. 2017.34

Collection

Western Art

In 1899, the sculptor Agathon Léonard received a request from the famous Sèvres factory of ceramic for a group of fifteen figurines of dancers intended for a large porcelain centrepiece entitled Le jeu de l’écharpe. The resulting work was a huge success at the Exposition universelle of 1900, earning the artist a gold medal. The Susse foundry bought the reproduction rights for each of the dancers. This Dancer with Torches illustrates the feminine ideal held by the artists of the period: a graceful young girl, wearing a dress fastened by a large ribbon around her hips. At the turn of the twentieth century, in the context of Art Nouveau, many artists took inspiration from the theme of dance, which lent itself so beautifully to the motif of the arabesque and the fluidity of movement.

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