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Main de Loie Fuller (1862-1928)

Hand of Loïe Fuller (1862-1928)

c. 1909

plaster

fragment

Acc. No.: 1941.7.1

Credit Line: Gift of Loïe Fuller

Photo credit: ph. Laure de Margerie, 28 avril 2017

© Artist : public domain


Provenance

  • 1941, Gift of Loïe Fuller

Comment

  • Museum's label (April 28, 2017):
    Inspired by Auguste Rodin, Loïe became fascinated with the expressive power of the human hand. She related that Rodin once told her, "The soul expresses itself through each and every part from the body that can express its joy, its sorrows, its grief as great perfection as the complete form of a man". Loïe's interest in hands led her to present a production titled The Dance of Hands in 1909, in which she used her own hands to throw shadows on the stage. She also began gathering molds of her friends' hands for an eventual collection of casts. The mold maker for the collection was none other than Rodin's mold-maker, Mr. Guillochet [Guioché].