Spanish Dancer

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1920s

Artist:

Natalia Goncharova
Russian, 1881–1962

About this artwork

Natalia Goncharova first painted the subject of the Spanish dancer in 1916, while touring Spain with Sergei Diaghilev’s itinerant ballet company the Ballets Russes. Commissioned to design sets and costumes inspired by the local flamenco tradition, she discovered radial lines in the delicate transparencies of lace and floral patterns adorning the costumes of her subjects. The axes formed by the dancer’s hands fan outward in geometric vectors, reminiscent of Goncharova’s previous work in a style known as Rayonism, which she invented in Moscow in 1911. After her time in Spain, the artist wrote, “It seems to me that out of all the countries I have visited, this is the only one where there is some hidden energy. This is very close to Russia.”

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 392

Artist

Natalia Goncharova

Title

Spanish Dancer

Origin

Russia

Date

1920–1929

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.r.: "N. Gontcharova"

Dimensions

79 × 35 in. (200.7 × 88.9 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Patrick C. Hill in memory of her mother, Rue Winterbotham Carpenter

Reference Number

1971.777

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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