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Danseuse dans les coulises (Dancer in the wings)
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Danseuse dans les coulises (Dancer in the wings)

1920-23

Jean Louis Forain (1852-1931)

Watercolour on paper

Width: 29 cm; Height: 45.2 cm;

Inscription
Inscription, inscribed, signed, recto & lower right:
forain

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1935
D.1935.SC.119

About this work
Forain depicted views from backstage at the opera throughout much of his career. He was especially interested in the more indecorous social aspects of the ballet, observing that the dancers were often sought after by older men.

Here Forain renders the dancer in gauzy white gouache leaning against a wall and looking out at us. Her facial features, like those of the two sketchily-defined men behind her, are muddled to the point of ambiguity, leaving us to interpret the expression and intentions of each figure. (Permanent collection label)



Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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