Thursday, January 17, 2008

Serpentine Dance - Loie Fuller 1894 , William H. Bradley

Loie Fuller (pronounce Low-ee) was quite a prominent muse for the Art Nouveau movement. Toulouse-Lautrec and Francois-Raoul Larche (sculptor) both did paintings and sculpture of her. She was an American dancer (1862-1928) and was most famous for her Dance of the Veils.

"Loie Fuller did everything to fan the flames. She shrouded herself in exquisitely thin veils, and developed a sophisticated choreography involving colored light, thereby turning herself into "total art"... She inspired Stephane Mallarme' who dedicated numerous poems to her and Claude Debussy, who decided that his music was never more perfectly interpreted than through her. She was also a friend of husband-and-wife physicist team Pierre and Marie Curie." (Gabriele Fahr-Becker)

An old art professor of mine told me that Loie Fuller was portrayed in the movie Chocolat (starring Juliette Binoche). In the very last scene, there is a dancer wearing in a white, billowing dress, doing the serpentine dance. It is a bit inaccurate since she died in 1928 and I believe the film was set in the 1940's or 1950's but it is a beautiful scene... check it out!

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