Search Results:

<< Viewing Record 6 of 15 >>
View : Light Box | List View | Image List | Detailed

[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Sargent, John Singer
Culture:American (1856-1925)
Title:Salome dancing, after Paul Jacques Aimé Baudry's murals for the Paris Opéra
Date Made:ca. 1874-78
Type:Drawing
Materials:Pencil on paper
Measurements:Frame: 16 3/8 in x 11 1/8 in x 7/8 in; 41.6 cm x 28.3 cm x 2.2 cm; Mat: 15 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 39.4 cm x 26 cm; Sheet: 9 11/16 in x 4 11/16 in; 24.6 cm x 11.9 cm; Image: 1/8 in x 2 5/8 in; .3 cm x 6.7 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. r. (graphite): BAUDRY; INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. l. (graphite): S.S. 203a
Accession Number:  MH 2013.22
Credit Line:Gift of Odyssia A. Skouras (Class of 1954)
mh_2013_22_v1_01.jpg

Description:
A drawing of a single female dancer with her back turned, her arms raised above her head as she looks over her right shoulder at the viewer. She is nude except for a piece of cloth that flows around her lower body. In the background is a distant building seen through an archway.

Label Text:
John Singer Sargent was an admirer of Paul Jacques Aimé Baudry, a Parisian artist who painted a suite of colossal murals for the Paris Opéra. This drawing is Sargent’s sketch of a portion of Baudry’s ceiling depicting the dance of Salome. In it, Salome, nude but for a loose body veil, enthralls her stepfather, King Herod, winning his promise to grant her any wish. Prompted by her mother, Salome asks to receive the head of John the Baptist. Sargent seems to have had no interest in the murder plot, but was besotted with Baudry’s figure of Salome in mid dance, her arms arched overhead, backside and breasts visible, and legs caught mid-step.

-Paul Staiti, Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation, Mount Holyoke College (Sept. 2016)

Link to share this object record:
https://museums.fivecolleges.edu/detail.php?t=objects&type=ext&id_number=MH+2013.22

Research on objects in the collections, including provenance, is ongoing and may be incomplete. If you have additional information or would like to learn more about a particular object, please email fc-museums-web@fivecolleges.edu.

2 Related Media Items

mh_2013_22_v1_01.jpg
mh_2013_22_v1_01.jpg
mh_2013_22_v1_01.jpg
mh_2013_22_v1_01_cc.jpg
<< Viewing Record 6 of 15 >>