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Danseuse Carving

Original price $2,250.00 - Original price $2,250.00
Original price
$2,250.00
$2,250.00 - $2,250.00
Current price $2,250.00
SKU 2128

(31"x12"x10")

This Belle Époque statuette of a danseuse (female ballet dancer) is carved from solid wood. The Belle Époque was a period in French history that was synonymous with prosperity, optimism, peace, and economic growth. The movement extended across western Russia, Europe, and America, but it mainly flourished in Paris. The Belle Époque arguably began in 1871 at the end of the Franco-Prussian War, but it gained momentum in the 1880s and lasted until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. This time period saw huge cultural advances, social affluence, artistic freedom, and technological progress. For the first time, members of the middle class grew and thrived as consumers. The outlook of the Belle Époque was two-fold: it embraced social change, artistic freedoms, and new technologies, yet it was also nostalgic of the past. This statuette would likely have been on display in a nightclub or fairground for people to admire. The artist masterfully captures the dancer in action, seen with her swaying skirt and twisting arms. The fine detail in the dancer’s hair, costume, and facial features is eloquent, and although the carving’s wear is consistent with age, this statue is striking, unique, and will be a regal addition to your home.