Sep 28, 2009

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan

c. 1910

Abraham Walkowitz

(American, 1880–1965)

Ink and watercolor

Sheet: 22.5 x 14.1 cm (8 7/8 x 5 9/16 in.)

Gift of Zabriskie Gallery 1993.58



By dancing to the music of the great masters—Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Brahms, Scriabin, and Wagner—music that was considered "above" dance, Duncan elevated dance to a level of artistic appreciation it had not received since the days of the ancient Greeks. She stripped the staging down to a bare, curtained space, and the costuming to simple, flowing tunics, allowing movement and the music to be the focal point of her artistic statement. Enraptured by Duncan, Walkowitz made more than a thousand drawings of his subject. For him, "she had no laws. She did not dance according to the rules. She created. Her body was music."

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