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La Danse [The Dance]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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La Danse [The Dance] 1927

Not on display

Zadkine was a music-lover and made a series of sculptures of musicians. However this sculpture shows instead the effects of music, with the enraptured expressions on the faces of the two dancers suggesting that they have been transported into the world of music. The arms and draperies of the figures are rhythmically curved and the mirroring of their poses suggests harmony and balance. Curves appeared in Zadkine’s sculptures as he moved away from earlier Cubist influences. However he has used some Cubist-like planes here and has also employed the Cubist device of inverting negative and positive spaces. For example, the arm of the male figure is a scooped out and the tips of his fingers are drawn into the neck of his partner.

Glossary Open


A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.


A plane is a flat surface within a drawing, painting or sculpture.

Cubism , Plane


  • Acc. No. GMA 769
  • Medium Bronze (2/3)
  • Size 59.00 x 19.00 x 19.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1960