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Danseuse au Tambourin [Dancer with Tambourine]


Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919), 	Danseuse au Tambourin [Dancer with Tambourine], ca. 1918-19 model
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Not On View
Renoir, Pierre Auguste; Morel, Louis Fernand
French (1841-1919); French (1887-1975)
Place made: 
Europe; France
Danseuse au Tambourin [Dancer with Tambourine], ca. 1918-19 model
Overall: 24 3/8 in x 17 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 61.9 cm x 44.4 cm x 8.9 cm
Gift of Mrs. Harold Kaplan in honor of her daughter Irene Kaplan Leiwant (Class of 1947)
MH 1997.9.1

This lively figure of a nude female dancer, moving her body to the rhythm of the tambourine in her left hand, is the product of a collaboration between the elderly and severely arthritic Impressionist painter Renoir and a young French sculptor. It is a hybrid between a relief sculpture and a statuette: while the left side of the dancer’s body is embedded into the background, her right arm raised in air and right leg stepping out of the frame are in the round. This adds to the dynamism of the sculpture, creating an illusion of motion: try walking from the left of the figure toward her right, and observe the dancer come to life. -Gülru Çakmak, Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century European Art, University of Massachussetts Amherst A Very Long Engagement: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture and Its Afterlives (July 29, 2017 - May 27, 2018)