The swirling calligraphy of baroque minuets and rigaudons danced by the king and his courtiers became Othoniel’s inspiration for the swooping arabesques of gold-leaf–lined Murano glass boules in “Les Belles Danses,” his three Théâtre d’Eau fountains. These sculptures represent a trio of dances: L’Entrée d’Apollon, Le Rigaudon de la Paix and La Bourée d’Achille, all posed upon Benech’s pools, which serve as the “stage.”

A Watershed Moment

Detail: Louis Benech linked up with contemporary sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel to reimagine the Water Theatre in Versailles

Jean-Michel Othoniel, 2003 Courtesy Galerie Perrotin

Jean-Michel OTHONIEL, "Black is beautiful"; feet x 17 inches x 6 inches \ 320 x 45 x 15 cm;

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s Glass Sculptures Black Tornado, a recent work at L&M Arts in New York. Photo courtesy of the artist

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s Glass Sculptures

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s fantastical works in glass fuse provocative political messages with unabashed beauty

COLLABORATIONS with NATURE, ephemeral artist SHONA WILSON

COLLABORATIONS with NATURE, ephemeral artist SHONA WILSON

Jean-Michel Othoniel

Jean-Michel Othoniel, Le confident, 2007 (c) Jean-Michel Othoniel

Jean-Michel Othoniel, Courtesy Galerie Perrotin

Jean-Michel OTHONIEL, "View of the exhibition "Peggy's necklace" at Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice (Italy),

Jean-Michel Othoniel, Fontain for Versailles,  Courtesy Galerie Perrotin

Jean-Michel Othoniel, Fontain for Versailles, Courtesy Galerie Perrotin

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