Abraham Walkowitz produced some five thousand drawings of Isadora Duncan over a period of twenty years. He explained, “She was a Muse. She had no laws. She didn’t dance according to rules. She created. Her body was music.” Typical of Walkowitz’s on-going series, "Isadora Duncan" captures the essence of the dancer’s strong physical presence and the grace of her flowing drapery with a few essential marks. When Duncan saw an exhibition of this series in 1916, she remarked: “Walkowitz, you have written my biography in lines without words.”

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Abraham Walkowitz, American, born Russia, 1878–1965
Isadora Duncan
c. 1920
Watercolor and ink on cream wove paper
Sheet: 8 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (22.5 x 13 cm) Frame: 14 3/4 × 12 1/4 in. (37.5 × 31.1 cm)
Credit Line

The Alice C. Simkins Collection, gift of Alice C. Simkins and museum purchase funded by Alison de Lima Greene

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors

The artist; […]; [Zabriskie Gallery, New York]; The Alice C. Simkins Collection, San Antonio, November 6, 1992