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Male Torso, Spirit of the Dance

Artist
attributed to Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French, 1827–1875
Date
c.1870–75
Material
Terracotta
Made in
France, Europe
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 207
Dimensions
22 7/8 x 17 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (58.1 x 44.5 x 29.8 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
67:1937
NOTES
In this work, the allegorical figure of Dance has the joyful, playful expression characteristic of this artist’s style. The sculpture is terra cotta (or baked clay) and one of several casts in this medium made by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and his studio for commercial distribution. Particularly notable is the energetically modeled, snake-like hair. Carpeaux was the leading academic sculptor of Second Empire France.
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