Dancing Figure (Isadora Duncan)
Mounted in this order by Abraham Walkowitz, this series of three drawings evokes the expressive choreography of the famous modernist dancer Isadora Duncan. The artist adopted an abstracted, linear approach to the body to capture the essence of Duncan’s dynamic movements and swirling drapery. After first seeing her perform in Paris in 1907, the enthralled Walkowitz produced thousands of drawings of the dancer. He viewed her rejection of academic standards in dance as analogous to his own artistic evolution.
Black ink and graphite on cream, medium-weight, moderately textured paper
Sheet (mount): 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (21.6 x 27.6 cm)
Sheet (drawing): 8 x 3 1/16 in. (20.3 x 7.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed in ink lower center: "A. Walkowitz"
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Abraham Walkowitz (American, born Russia, 1878-1965). Dancing Figure (Isadora Duncan), n.d. Black ink and graphite on cream, medium-weight, moderately textured paper, Sheet (mount): 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (21.6 x 27.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 39.473a (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.473a_PS6.jpg)
overall, 39.473a_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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