DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Bertram MACKENNAL | The dancer

Australia 1863 – England 1931-10-10
England, France and Italy 1882-88, Australia 1888-91, France 1891-94, England from 1894, with visits to Australia
The dancer 1904
168.0 (h) x 71.0 (w) x 69.0 (d) cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The dancer reflects Bertram Mackennal’s increasing concern, from the turn of the century, with naturalism and movement. Through the carefully balanced pose, the work expresses a sense of relaxed sensuality. The dancer is presented to the viewer not as a mythological figure, or a personification of natural forces, rather as a woman who inhabits the contemporary world.

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