Valenciennes, Nord 1827 - Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine 1875
Génie de la Danse
Spirit of the Dance
Dimensions (HxWxD): 39 x 23 3⁄4 in.
Acc. No.: 1999.5
Credit Line: Museum Purchase: Edwin Binney, 3rd, Fund and The Evan H. Roberts Memorial Sculpture Collection Fund
Photo credit: ph. courtesy Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
- 1999, Museum Purchase: Edwin Binney, 3rd, Fund and The Evan H. Roberts Memorial Sculpture Collection Fund
- Museum's website, 28 April 2010
- 2003 Portland
Paris to Portland: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masters in Portland Collections, Portland, Portland Art Museum, January 25-March 28, 2003
Paradise: Fallen Fruit, Portland, Portland Art Museum, October 24, 2015-January 17, 2016 [co-curated by artist-duo Fallen Fruit, David Allen Burns and Austin Young]
- Museum's website (accessed September 20, 2016):
Through posture and gesture, this exuberant figure embodies the Spirit of the Dance. Most artists of this period depicted abstract ideas, such as dance, art, and love through symbols, but Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux chose to bring the concept to vivid life. He modeled his sculpture on the dancers he sketched at the Paris Opéra. In 1865, Carpeaux was commissioned to create a large sculptural monument, titled The Dance, for the front façade of the Paris Opéra building. Though the work was considered risqué when it was first installed, it eventually proved a popular success and small models of individual figures from the monument were made and sold to collectors. Spirit of the Dance is a model of the central figure from the larger sculptural group.