I went to Parc Monceau (see previous post) the other day. It was raining. At a distance I saw what looked like a dancing couple. It actually was, but they were not moving…
This is a statue by the American artist Seward Johnson, known for his life-size bronze statues, possibly a bit “kitch”, but interesting. Three of his statues are temporarily exhibited in the main path in Parc Monceau, all three related to French painters.
The dancing couple is a 3D version of Renoir’s “Dance at Bougival” from 1883. It’s a pleasure to get a closer look of Suzanne Valadon. (I wrote often about here, see e.g. here.)
There are two other statues to be seen.
This one is referring to another Renoir painting, “Two sisters” from 1881…
… and this one to Manet’s “In the conservatory” from 1879.
Seward Johnson is exhibited in a large number of museums, but some of his – sometimes giant – statues can also be found outdoors.