Carpeaux's group, previously decorating the façade of the Paris Opéra, gives a strong impression of life and of tension. The public of the time was shocked by what they considered to be an indecent piece of sculpture. Zola saw in it the Empire and the dissolute mores of the court and ruling classes.
This documentary exhibition thus recalled the importance of the Dance group near the end of the 19th century.
CuratorLaure de Margerie, archivist, Musée d'Orsay
Exhibition also presented at the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Valenciennes), from May 26 to July 9, 1989