From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "On the night of 28/29 August 1869 ink was thrown over the statue La Danse at the Opéra, sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux - it was thought by the public to be indecent because of the nudity of the figures. The stains were never quite removed. Garnier asked Gumery to sculpt another La Danse to replace Carpeaux group. After Napoleon III declared war on Prussia in 1870, Gumery's death in 1871, then the death of Carpeaux in 1875, the scandal was forgotten and Carpeaux statues remained in place, La Danse being on the right side of the front façade of the Opera. The original La Danse has been removed to the Musée d'Orsay as it was suffering from the effects of pollution, and in its place is a reproduction by Paul Belmondo. Gumery's La Danse is now in the Museum D'Angers." 
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