artist bio
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Danse A

Henry J. Simonds, Pittsburgh, PA
March 17, 2010
Ed. of 5 — 30”x 22½” x 1”
Piezo print on archival polymer paper on aluminum
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on back of mount

The figure in Mouvement de Danse A - the version rendered here by Auguste Rodin in 1911 - was likely inspired by the young dancer, Alda Moreno.  A performer at Paris’ Opéra-Comique, Moreno was introduced to Rodin by Jules Desbois in July 1910.  He was immediately fascinated by her suppleness and wanted to get her to pose, but she was away for the summer. Desbois had to reassure Rodin that she would return and that he would be able to make as many sketches of her as he wished. Upon her return, Desbois wrote to Rodin: “The little model has come back and is completely at your service”.  Rodin ultimately made about 50 line drawings of her in pencil, capturing daring attitudes that seem to defy physical limitations to the point of verging on awkwardness. Unburdened by any allegiance to traditional anatomy, Rodin produced a large body of work in the Dance Movements series that expresses highly exaggerated actions that are perfectly captured in this classic form. 
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