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Pavlova

Artist:
Alfred David Lenz (American, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 1872–1926 Havana)
Date:
1916
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
8 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (20.3 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768
The Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881–1931) first performed The Dragonfly in New York in February 1915. Although she did pose for this sculpture, another source for Lenz may have been the innovative publicity photographs of the dancer that conveyed an enhanced effect of suspended animation. The sculptor created a similar illusion in this jewel-like statuette by using the drapery as a structural support, allowing the delicate winged figure to soar above the base.
Signature: [back of base]: LENZ.

Inscription: [right side of base]: 1916 NY
the artist, until 1920
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