Portrait of Isadora Duncan signed 'V. LECOMTE' (lower left) oil on canvas 17 3/4 x 21 5/8in (45 x 55cm)
Note: The French artist, Valentine Lecomte began sketching Isadora Duncan in 1903 and continued to do so throughout the dancer's lifetime. This has resulted in an oeuvre, which covers the entire span of Isadore's career and shows the changes in her dance from lyrical to dramatic and then tragic (as Isadora Duncan was sadly killed in a car accident in 1927). In 1952, The Dance of Isadora Duncan, a portfolio of 37 plates of drawings was published by Lecomte and Raymond Duncan (Isadora's brother).
In this rare painting, Isadora Duncan is symbolically depicted as a sea-goddess. The dancer stated in her autobiography, My Life, "...I have noticed that all the great events of my life have taken place by the sea [she was born at the seaside] My first idea of movement, of the dance, certainly came from the rhythm of the waves." Similarly, this portrait is a reminiscent of Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus. It is well known that Isadora was an admirer of the artists work and even choreographed a dance based on Botticelli's Allegory of Spring.