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The Dancer Baladine Klossowski (Merline)
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
  • Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
    • Eugen Spiro (1874 - 1972)

  • TitleThe Dancer Baladine Klossowski (Merline)
  • Date1901
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Leinwand
  • Dimensions181,5 x 121 cm (Bildmaß), 181 x 141 x 6 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert und datiert unten rechts: "Eugen Spiro 1901"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 3013/82
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln der Stiftung DKLB, Berlin, 1982
  • On DisplayYes
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The “Dancer” is an early, important work by Eugen Spiro. In it, he was moving away from the rigid symbolism of his teacher in Munich, Franz von Stuck. The fluid, ornamental shapes of the dress and the sweeping, dynamic buoyancy of the dancer reveal the new creative methods of art nouveau. The woman shown is the artist’s youngest sister, Else Baladine (Merline) Klossowski, portrayed as a dancer wearing the modern dress of the Reform Movement. She was given the pet-name Merline by her close friend Rainer Maria Rilke. Spiro came to Berlin in 1904 and joined the association of artists, the Berlin Secession. In the same year, the “Dancer” was shown at the World Exhibition in St. Louis (USA).