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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Artist
Abraham Walkowitz, American, born Russia, 1878–1965
Title
Isadora Duncan
Date
c. 1920
Medium
Watercolor and ink on cream wove paper
Dimensions
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
2016.317
Classification
Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Provenance

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