Rodin and Degas — how dancers inspired

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Dionysian parties to David Smith's steel abstractions after World War II that were inspired by Martha Graham, dance has always been a

strange alter ego for sculpture. Both are about the human body, and they give each other ideas. Sculpture, which is still, solid, and long-lasting,

gets its energy from dance, which is moving, fleeting, and fun to remember. So, when the first modern sculptors wanted to show how lively everyday life was,

dance was a natural and interesting choice. This story is told at the Holburne Museum in Bath in a small but exciting new show called Rodin—Degas