Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Focus on the Colony Artists: Abraham Walkowitz and Isadora Duncan

Abraham Walkowitz, an American Modernist painter, created more than 5,000 watercolor paintings of the famous "Mother of Modern Dance," Isadora Duncan. Both artists were members of the Cornish Colony in the early 20th century, where Isadora Duncan entertained her fellow Colony members at dinner parties across Cornish and Plainfield, New Hampshire. She enchanted audiences wherever she went, and the Cornish Colony was no exception.

"Isadora is movement. I watched her dances, and I never had her pose, I just watched the movement," explained Abraham Walkowitz. "She was a Muse. She had no laws. She didn't dance according to the rules. She created. Her body was music."

Abraham Walkowitz, Isadora Duncan I and II, c.1910. Watercolor, pen and ink.

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