Head of Pavlova

A work made of wax on plaster with pigment, on wood mount.

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  • A work made of wax on plaster with pigment, on wood mount.

Date:

1924

Artist:

Malvina Hoffman
American, 1887–1966

About this artwork

In 1910 the sculptor Malvina Hoffman saw the famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova perform in London, a
profound experience that ultimately led to their close friendship. Hoffman spent years capturing the exquisite
grace of Pavlova’s movement in different sculptures and reliefs, yet in Head of Pavlova she created a restrained, almost melancholic portrait of the dancer wearing an elaborate Russian headdress, her eyes nearly closed. Hoffman explained that in her portraits of Pavlova, her friend appears as a “rather sad, thoughtful person, far removed from the vivacious and exciting fairy that Pavlova represents over the footlights.”

On View

American Art, Gallery 272

Artist

Malvina Hoffman

Title

Head of Pavlova

Origin

United States

Date

1924

Medium

Wax on plaster with pigment, on wood mount

Dimensions

40.6 × 23.5 × 15.9 cm (16 × 9 1/4 × 6 1/4 in.) (sculpture) 24.1 × 22.0 × 22.2 cm (9 1/2 × 8 5/8 × 8 3/4 in.) (base)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James A. Cook, Mrs. T. Clifford Rodman, and Joseph Nash Field

Reference Number

1969.833

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