A newly acquired sculpture recently waltzed its way onto display at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. The rare artwork is one of two in existence.
"This sculpture involves two great men who were contemporaries and friends," said Mike Horyczun, director of public relation at the Bruce Museum.
The pioneer French/American artist Gaston Lachaise titled the artwork "Man Walking." The moving portrait is of Lincoln Kirstein, one of the most influential figures of his time. Kirstein is said to have inspired the foundation of the Museum of Modern Art and personally organized Lachaise's first monographic show of any American artist in 1935.
Lachaise chose the pose of a man with his right leg extended and erect posture to resemble a man taking his first few steps onto a stage. Kirstein's love of the ballet was the sculpture's inspiration. According to Horyczun, they co-established the School of American Ballet, which has become the New York City Ballet.
"This sculpture is the finest piece of 20th-century sculpture that the Bruce has in its collection. And of course, owned by the town and people of Greenwich."
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