• Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
Click image to enlarge

Mouvement de danse E

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed A. Rodin
Inscribed Nº6 and © by Musée Rodin 1956
Bronze with light brown and green patina
14 1/2'' (36.8 cm)

Conceived in circa 1911. This example cast in 1956. There are no lifetime casts of this model


The American Loïe Fuller’s veil dances at the Folies Bergéres in 1892 became the rage of Paris. Her free and spontaneous approach to movement kindled Rodin’s interest in movement.

During this time, the artist also became friendly with Isadora Duncan, who established a ‘temple’ to the cult of the Greek dance in Bellevue, near the sculptor’s studio in Meudon. Rodin sketched her students’ movements, lamenting, ‘if I had only known such models when I was young. Models who move and whose movement is in close harmony with nature’.

Rodin executed nine figures in 1910–1919 entitled Mouvements de Danse. These plaster versions remain in the collection of the Musée Rodin. All bronze versions were cast posthumously by the Museum.

In the present work, Mouvement de danse E, the figure is balancing on her left leg while her right hand is holding onto her leg which is raised behind her. Her left arm is lifted upwards perhaps indicating a gesture of triumph or victory. In contrast to Mouvement de danse A, whose body is pulling upwards, the overall pose of Mouvement de danse E is of balance and stability. Despite this difference, it is particularly interesting to note that the torso of these two sculptures come from an identical cast.

A. Rodin, Mouvement de danse A, Musée Rodin, Paris

In fact, Rodin would often assemble such figures from different models, so as to achieve a sense of movement rather than mere anatomic correctness.

International interest in Rodin’s dancing figures has recently grown thanks to the 2016-2017 exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Rodin and Dance: the Essence of Movement.

Masterpiece London 2019 June 25, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Angel of Mist - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Angel of Mist


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Small Quartzite Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Small Quartzite Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

The Honey Kiss - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

The Honey Kiss


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Quartzite Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Quartzite Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Jasper Prince - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Jasper Prince


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Verdite Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Verdite Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Demeure - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Demeure


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Antérieur - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Antérieur


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Stèle - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Stèle


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Mother and Child: Petal Skirt - Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mother and Child: Petal Skirt


Henry Moore

(English, 1898-1986)

Le Penseur (The Thinker), Petit Modèle - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Le Penseur (The Thinker), Petit Modèle


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Maquette for Three Standing Figures - Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Maquette for Three Standing Figures


Henry Moore

(English, 1898-1986)

Danaide, petit modèle, version type III  - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Danaide, petit modèle, version type III


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Les Contes de I’incroyable Amour - Yves Dana, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Les Contes de I’incroyable Amour


Yves Dana

(Swiss, contemporary)

Kijimmuuna II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Kijimmuuna II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Désespoir de la Porte (Despair, from the Gates of Hell) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Désespoir de la Porte (Despair, from ...


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Victory


Sir Alfred Gilbert

(British, 1854-1934)

Perseus Arming - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Perseus Arming


Sir Alfred Gilbert

(British, 1854-1934)

Mouvement de danse F - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mouvement de danse F


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Mouvement de danse E - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mouvement de danse E


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Dreaming - Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Dreaming


Gerald Laing

(UK, 1936-2011)

Solar Disc (Small) - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Solar Disc (Small)


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Maquette for Screen at New Custom House, Heathrow Airport - Robert Adams, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Maquette for Screen at New Custom Hou...


Robert Adams

(British, 1917-1984)

Small Seated Figure - Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Small Seated Figure


Henry Moore

(English, 1898-1986)

 Blue Sea Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Blue Sea Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Green Lake Head - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Green Lake Head


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Galina  VIII - Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Galina VIII


Gerald Laing

(UK, 1936-2011)

Bronze 88 - Hanneke Beaumont, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bronze 88


Hanneke Beaumont

(Belgian, Contemporary)

Bronze 87 - Hanneke Beaumont, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bronze 87


Hanneke Beaumont

(Belgian, Contemporary)

Nijinsky - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Nijinsky


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Femme Assise (Seated Woman) - Pablo Picasso, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Femme Assise (Seated Woman)


Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Small Ajuba Goddess Torso II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Small Ajuba Goddess Torso II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Pale Onyx Torso II - Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Pale Onyx Torso II


Emily Young

(British, Born 1951)

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Le Baiser (The Kiss), 4th Reduction


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)