Exhibition at the museum

The Dance by Carpeaux

From February 14th to May 14th, 1989 -
Musée d'Orsay
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris
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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux-La Danse
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Auguste-Armand, Jean-Baptiste Bernaërts, Charles Capellaro, Pierre Duberteau, Armand Pierre Harel, H. Joliveaux, Pierre Ogé
La Danse, en 1869
Musée d'Orsay
© Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
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Two scandalous pieces of the history of 19th-century sculpture, the Woman Bitten by a Snake (1847) by Clésinger and the Dance by Carpeaux (1869) are hung a few yards from one another in the Musée d'Orsay.
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.

The exhibition is now over.

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