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Mlle Guimard as a Bacchante
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Author:  cherecoeur [ Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Mlle Guimard as a Bacchante

In 1779, Greuze painted a portrait of one of the premier ballet dancers of Marie-Antoinette's reign, Mlle Guimard, dressed as a baccante, a sort of "stock" figure of the time - a celebrant in the entourage of the god of wine and good times. I saw this portrait in the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Mlle Guimard had many admirers and was hostess to a glittering array of personalities at her lovely neoclassical pavilion in Paris (has it survived?). She went with the famous Jean-Georges Noverre to London where she danced at the King's Theatre Haymarket and retired from the stage there in 1789.

Author:  baron de batz [ Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mlle Guimard as a Bacchante

Noverre was the young Dauphine's ballet teacher in Vienna. There is another famous painting of her in the Pinacothek museum in Munich.

Author:  cherecoeur [ Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mlle Guimard as a Bacchante

Noverre got around. I believe he began dancing in Rameau's ballet entr'actes in the 1750's and went on to write a theoretical piece published in 1760 advocating, as did Gluck the same year regarding opera, more naturalness in the dance and simplification of costumes, including dispensing with masks. He died in 1809 rather disgusted with developments in the art made beyond his control... another of those indefatigable genuises of the 18th Century whose energy and passion was, well, awesome.

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