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Dance images
Coomans, J. (Joseph), 1816-1890 (Artist)
Barrie, George (Publisher)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1872 - 1881 (Questionable)
Table of Contents
The dance / artist [facsimile signature?] Joseph [?] Coomans ; [signed and dated at lower right] Joseph Coomans, 1865 ; copyright 1881 by George Barrie -- Pompeian dance [labeled on the verso] / [signed and dated at lower left] Joseph Coomans, 1872 ; artist, P.O. Joseph Coomans ; collection of Judge George Hoadley, Cincinnati, O.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Coo J Dan 1-2
Dance -- Rome
Statement of responsibility: Joseph Coomans.
Title devised by cataloger.
Biographical/historical: The painter and illustrator Pierre Olivier Joseph Coomans, born in 1816, began his study of art in his native Belgium. He traveled in Italy, Greece, Algeria, and Turkey, and lived in Naples from 1856-1860, where his exposure to ancient art led him to incorporate its elements into his artworks. Many of his paintings appear to be genre scenes in antique costumes and settings. In 1860 he settled in Paris, where he exhibited his paintings at the Salons. He died on Dec. 31, 1889 in Boulogne-on-Seine, France.
Physical Description
Reproductive prints
Intaglio prints
Extent: 2 prints : gravure, b&w ; 29 x 34 cm., plate mark 22 x 27 cm. or smaller.
Reproductions of two paintings depicting re-imagined scenes of classical antiquity, featuring dancing figures. "The dance" is set in a columned atrium; a girl dances with a tambourine, surrounded by younger children. In "Pompeian dance," a woman manipulates a scarf as she dances; a reclining man accompanies her on a double flute, while a child plays the cymbals. A second woman watches, tambourine in hand.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825553072
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759803
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): dfaf8520-ead2-0133-c748-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1816: Creator Born
  • 1872: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1890: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance images" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1872 - 1881.

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Dance images