'Le Génie de la Danse' by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
'Le Génie de la Danse' by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
'Le Génie de la Danse' by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
'Le Génie de la Danse' by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
'Le Génie de la Danse' by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
'Le Génie de la Danse' by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
'Le Génie de la Danse' by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

JEAN-BAPTISTE CARPEAUX (1827-1875)

'Le Génie de la Danse' by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

c. 1872 France

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'Le Génie de la Danse - n°2' - A Fine Patinated Bronze Figure by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.

This exceptional bronze figure is finely cast with rich brown patination. The central figure with its raised arms, expressive features and billowing drapery effectively captures the dynamic movement and joy of dance.

In 1865, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was commissioned to model one of four monumental reliefs for the façade of Charles Garnier's Opéra in Paris. The allegorical group depicting the Spirit or Genius of Dance surrounded by Dancing Bacchantes and a putto was completed four years later. In sculpting this allegory Carpeaux combined a representation of a carpenter's body (Sébastian Visat) with the face of a Polish Princess (Hélène de Racowitza) to create a dynamic figure who leads the dancing bacchantes with his tambourine.

When it was unveiled in Paris on 27 July 1869 Carpeaux's masterpiece proved controversial as the dancing figures, in particular the fleshy bacchantes, were deemed too suggestive for a public monument. The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War stilled the controversy and the relief remained on the façade of the building until 1964 when it was removed to the Louvre, owing to the general deterioration of the surface. In 1989 the relief was moved to musée d'Orsay where it remains today.

This edition isa large example produced in bronze by Carpeux and his atelier from the late 19th century onward, initially to help cover the enormous cost of the original commission.
Dimensions
Height 85.00 cm (33.46 inches)
Medium
Patinated bronze
Signed/Inscribed
Inscribed 'JB Carpeaux 1872' and with the Propriété Carpeaux foundry cachet.
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