[Duncan, Isadora. (1877–1927)] Duncan Dancers

Original Photograph

Original photograph of four of the Duncan Dancers, showing the important influence of classical Greek sculpture and works of antiquity that pervaded much of Duncan's oeuvre.  Mounted to rigid backing, mounting remnants and later picture service stamps to verso, a few stray marks, else fine.  4 x 5.5 inches (10.1 x 13.9 cm.).

It is clear from Duncan’s own writings, public statements and documented accounts, that she understood her reference to the Greek world not as a rarification of their ideals, but more as a matrix that provided her with a conceptual framework from which to explore her art, her politics and her lifestyle: "To bring to life again the ancient ideal! I do not mean to say, copy it, imitate it; but to breathe its life, to recreate it in one’s self, with personal inspiration: to start from its beauty and then go toward the future." (Duncan, The Art of the Dance, 96.)


Unsigned Photograph