[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

Description


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.

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