Auguste Rodin's

In 1906, King Sisowath toured France accompanied by his royal dance troupe. The Cambodian ballet dancers captivated French audiences with their hypnotic movements and beauty. Their elegance and grace inspired sculptor Auguste Rodin to create his famous Danseuse Cambodgienne sketches.

Rodin was so moved by the dancers that at their departure he lamented: "What an emptiness they left for me! I thought they had taken away the beauty of the world."

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