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[Dance Study]

Artist:
Adolf de Meyer (American (born France), Paris 1868–1946 Los Angeles, California)
Date:
ca. 1912
Medium:
Platinum print
Dimensions:
32.7 x 43.5 cm (12 7/8 x 17 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
49.55.327
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852
De Meyer photographed the dancer Nijinsky and other members of Diaghilev's troupe when "L'Après-midi d'un Faun" was presented in Paris in 1912. It has been suggested that this photograph, the only nude by de Meyer, has some connection to the Russian ballet, but if so, it remains mysterious. It has been suggested that this photograph, the only nude by de Meyer, has some connection to the Ballets Russes, but the nature of that link remains mysterious. The image vibrates with an uneasy erotic tension, a product of the figure’s exposed torso, startled body language, and disguised identity.
Alfred Stieglitz

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz," May 18, 1978–July 16, 1978.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faces from the Collection," January 1, 1987–May 1, 1987.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 1," December 4, 1992–May 4, 1993.

International Center of Photography. "Baron Adolf de Meyer," December 10, 1994–February 12, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pictorialism in New York, 1900-1915," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ""Our Future Is In The Air": Photographs from the 1910s," November 10, 2010–April 10, 2011.

Ehrenkranz, Anne. A Singular Elegance: The Photographs of Baron Adolph de Meyer. New York: International Center of Photography, 1994. pp. 72, 73.

Pyne, Kathleen. Modernism and the Feminine Voice: O'Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle. Santa Fe: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, 2007. pl. 139.



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