Alfred David Lenz (American, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 1872–1926 Havana)
8 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (20.3 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920
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.