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
Gerald KELLY | Ma Seyn Mé, pose I (Burmese dancer)

KELLY, Gerald
England 1879 – 1972
Burma 1908-09, travelled frequently in France
Ma Seyn Mé, pose I (Burmese dancer) 1909
oil on hardboard
34.7 (h) x 27.0 (w) cm
Royal Academy of Arts, London, presented by the artist's widow in 1973

Somerset Maugham wrote of Gerald Kelly’s series of paintings of Burmese dancers: ‘His Burmese dancers … have a strange impenetrability, their gestures are enigmatic and yet significant, they are charming, and yet there is something curiously hieratic in their manner; with a sure instinct, and with a more definite feeling for decoration than is possible in a portrait, Mr Kelly has given us the character of the East as we of our generation see it.’  (Hudson, 1975)

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