Apr 23, 2013





Malvina Hoffman

(American, 1887–1966)


Without base: 172.7 x 137.2 cm (68 x 54 in.)

Weight: approx. 2000 lbs

In memory of Julia K. Dalton by her nephews, George S. Kendrick and Harry D. Kendrick 1943.384


Did you know?

A second version of this life-size sculpture was installed in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, where it was destroyed during the Second World War.


While visiting London, sculptor Malvina Hoffman was electrified by a dance performance featuring Anna Pavlova and Mikhail Mordkin, two highly acclaimed Russian ballet stars. Together the dancers presented a bacchanale, a work inspired by the legendary followers of Bacchus, the ancient Roman god of wine. In this uninhibited and erotically charged piece, both dancers cavorted on stage, their movements accented by grasped veils of gauze. Hoffman’s Bacchanale is her vibrant interpretation of the performance, capturing a fleeting moment in permanent form.

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