It took a few years to agree on the final sculpture between the architect (Charles Garnier) and the sculptor, and to achieve it. The final result still caused much controversy due to the females nudity involved. A bottle of ink was even thrown on it one day. Some wanted the sculpture to be removed. But the war of 1870 started, and the sculptor died as well, so this put an end to the controversy.
|La Danse, 1866, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (Opera Garnier) - photo Verchere|
Have a look at this interesting video about 'La Danse'
We may come back to some other Carpeaux sculptures. The Musée d'Orsay organized a major exhibition last year about his work.