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Back View of a Dancer in Tutu
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Back View of a Dancer in Tutu

Circa 1890

Jean Louis Forain (1852-1931)

Medium : material : charcoal; support : material : paper

Depth: 2.2 cm ( frame ); Height: 58.8 cm ( frame ); Width: 43.6 cm ( frame ); Height: 0 ( 29.8 cm); Width: 0 ( 22.2 cm);

Signed, lower right, Forain

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Browse, Lillian; gift; 1982

About this work
In this swiftly-executed drawing of a ballet dancer viewed from behind, Forain uses thin, wiry lines extending in all directions from the figure’s waist to suggest the expansiveness of her tutu. Several of these expressive lines reach the edges of the sheet, thrusting the dancer close to the picture plane and emphasizing her immediate presence against an almost entirely blank background. Considering her claw-like left hand and largely undefined face, it is apparent that Forain was more interested in rendering the shape and stance of her body than its anatomical details. (Permanent collection label)

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

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