CLAUDEL, Camille
(b. 1864, Fère-en-Tardenois, d. 1943, Montdevergues)

The Waltz

c. 1895
Bronze, height 43 cm
Musée Rodin, Paris

In The Waltz, entwined dancers suggest the passionate embrace of a couple. The angle of the bodies, combined with the abundant drapery, accentuates the whirling dance as it creates a light, harmonious rhythm. Carried away by the intoxicating swirl, the shared elan, the caress of hands, the languid, interlocking bodies, and the closeness of their faces, the two lovers are on the verge of surrender.

Critics enthusiastically greeted "the ambitious and skilful imbalance" of the work, which also met with commercial success.

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