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Chalon "Octopus Dancer" Sculpture

Documentation Signed
Origin France
Period 1900-1919
Materials Gilt Bronze.
W. 15 in; H. 20.5 in; D. 7 in;
W. 38.1 cm; H. 52.07 cm; D. 17.78 cm;
Creation Date 1900
Description A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze figural sculpture by Louis Chalon. Chalon''s dancing woman with an octopus at her feet, one of its tendrils wrapped around her leg, is a pure expression of feminine sensuality. Her veils summon the Orient, imbuing her with exoticism. Her freeform dance movement and extended limbs enact her sexual ecstasy. The piece explores the turn-of-the century fascination with Japanese shunga, artwork that depicts sensual pleasures. Many showed women being engulfed by an octopus in varied and multiple ways. A similar sculpture is pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris," by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p 101.

Signed: L. Chalon" and stamp "Louchet Paris Chisper.
Styles / Movements Art Nouveau
Dealer Reference Number S-19466
Incollect Reference Number 341094
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