FERDINANDO VICHI | Danzatrice (Exotic dancer)
- Professor Ferdinando Vichi
- Danzatrice (Exotic dancer)
- signed and dated: F. VICHI-SaLON / 1914 / marmo di Carrara
- white marble
- 153cm., 60 1/4 in.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell’ottocento e del primo Novecento, vol. 2., Turin, 2003, fig. 1934 (probably the same marble as illustrated)
The present exuberant marble is an outstanding example of one such Romantic masterpieces intended for the international market. The publication of this Danzatrice in the first edition of Selecta magazine, dated May 1917, shows the marble having been shipped to Montevideo, Uruguay within the relatively short period since its conception in 1914. The oriental beauty, depicted with a delicately fluttering shawl held in her hands, shows clearly Vichi’s skill in conveying movement and delicacy in his marbles. Gently smiling as she dances, this exotic dancer epitomises the Romantic sculpture of the Belle Epoque in Italy, and particularly of the circle of the Bazzanti gallery.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, vol. II, p. 953, figs. 1933-35