La Danse

A Visual History

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing. William Blake. circa 1786

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing. William Blake. circa 1786.

Dance (I). Henri Matisse. 1909.

La Danse (I). Henri Matisse. 1909.

Dance (II) Matisse. 1909/10

La Danse. Henri Matisse. 1909/10

Music. Henri Matisse. 1910

La Musique. Henri Matisse. 1910

La Danse with Nasturtiums. Matisse. 1912.

La Danse with Nasturtiums. Henri Matisse. 1912.


Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation

In this wonderful series of photographs by Aaron Siskind the artist captures figures suspended in mid air, their bodies contorted into different shapes. Charles Traub, president of the Aaron Siskind Foundation, says about the series:

“I remember quite clearly Aaron’s delight at the Chicago waterfront, where these images were taken. He was particularly enamored of teenagers—their unabashed frolicking and daring, their inherent athleticism. Aaron loved ordinary people—the sights, sounds, and activities that were off the beaten path of the city. In the summer, the Chicago lakefront was a place where everybody gathered. He adored such places that were full of spontaneous and inventive activity.”

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation # 37. Aaron Siskind. 1953.

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation # 37. Aaron Siskind. 1953.

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation. Aaron Siskind. 1953-61

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation. Aaron Siskind. 1953-61