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Loie Fuller

1893

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864–1901 French


Dimensions

Image: 36.8 x 26.8 cm (14 1/2 x 10 9/16 in.) Sheet: 38 x 27.8 cm (14 15/16 x 10 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2005.243

Medium or Technique

Color lithograph, printed from four stones with gold and silver powder

Not On View

Collections

Europe , Prints and Drawings

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Prints

The American dancer Loïe Fuller created a sensation in Paris in the 1890s with her highly inventive choreography, whipping about with wands voluminous draperies on a glass floor illuminated by colored electric lights. She became the very symbol of the Art Nouveau. Iridescence and billowing motion is conveyed differently in each impression of the print, as each was prepared with varied inkings of the lithographic stones and the application by hand of metallic powders.

Inscription

Verso lower right in graphite pencil: LD 39 Verso lower right in graphite pencil: 56.138

Provenance

Florence S. Gerstein (1926-2004, Boston); her bequest to MFA

Credit Line

Bequest of Florence S. Gerstein