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
John LAVERY | Anna Pavlova

Ireland 1856 – Ireland 1941
Scotland c.1875-79, England and France 1879-85, Scotland 1885-96, England 1896-1939, with regular visits to North Africa, Ireland from 1939
Anna Pavlova 1911
oil on canvas
198.1 (h) x 144.8 (w) cm
Glasgow Museums: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, presented by Nicol P. Brown in 1924

The Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881–1931) was the most celebrated classical dancer of her time, admired for the poetic quality of her movement. She made her debut as soloist with the Imperial Russian Ballet in 1899, but gained fame when she danced with Nijinsky in Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909.

The Observer critic wrote on 16 April 1911: ‘Mr. Lavery’s portrait of the Russian dancer, Anna Pavlova, caught in a moment of graceful, weightless movement … Her miraculous, feather-like flight, which seems to defy the law of gravitation’.

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