Slavonic Dancer

Artist: Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1880–1980 Waterbury, Connecticut)

Date: 1921

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 13 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (33.7 x 16.5 x 8.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923

Accession Number: 23.106.3


For Slavonic Dancer, one of Frishmuth's few male depictions, she used as her model Leon Bartè, a member of the Fokine ballet, who suggested this intensely physical pose. The well-muscled figure displays fluid surfaces and an active silhouette, with contrasts of curving and angular forms. Slavonic Dancer recalls Auguste Rodin's advice to the artist when she was his pupil in Paris: "First, always look at the silhouette of the subject and be guided by it; second, remember that movement is the transition from one attitude to another."