Poster, Loïe Fuller (Primary Title)
Theater of Loïe Fuller (Primary Title)

Manuel Orazi, Italian, active in Paris, 1860 - 1934 (Artist)
Affiches Artistiques, French, Paris (Printer)

Works On Paper
Color lithograph on paper
Sheet: 78 × 25 1/16 in. (198.12 × 63.66 cm)
Framed: 83 7/8 × 29 7/8 in. (213.04 × 75.88 cm)
Not on view

Manuel Orazi began his career around 1892 in Paris, where he worked as an illustrator for various magazines and other publications.This poster, considered by many as Manuel Orazi’s masterpiece, is among the most representative images associated with French Art Nouveau. The artist was commissioned to create two posters for venues at the Paris world’s fair in 1900. One poster was for the Palais de la Danse (Dance Palace), and the other was an advertisement for the pavilion of Loïe Fuller, an American pioneer of modern dance. Fuller quickly gained wide popularity after arriving in Paris, performing her dances, using colored veils and innovative lighting, at the Folies Bergère. Orazi’s poster captures the lighting and movement in Fuller’s performances.

Signed in stone with artist's monogram lower right
Printed along lower left margin: Affiches Artistiques, MANUEL ORAZI, 8 Rue de l'Orient
Sydney and Frances Lewis Endowment Fund
Loie Fuller. Danseuse de l'art Nouveau, Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, pp. 153, 175, no. 71 (identical example);

Yvonne Brunhammer et al, Art Nouveau Belgium, France, Institute for the Arts, Rice University, 1976pp. 112-113, no. 133;

(Other examples cited in Curatorial File)
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