Dimensions: Image: 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm); Sheet: 20 x 26 in. (50.8 x 66 cm)
Acquired through the Marguerite Gelfman, Class of 1987, Fund
Duncan Grant was one of the four leading artists of the Bloomsbury group and was considered by many to be their shining star. Strongly influenced by both impressionism and post-impressionism, Grant helped to revolutionize modern art in Britain. His imagery ranges widely from quiet domestic scenes to homoerotic images as well scenes like this one, with echoes of Degas’s fascination with the ballet. Like Degas, he uses an unusual perspective: the viewer is a member of the audience looking up, almost under, the twirling tutus of the dancers and separating the scene into two distinct planes of brilliantly lit performers and sedentary onlookers. ("Imprint/ In Print," curated by Nancy E. Green with assistance from Christian Waibel '17 and presented at the Johnson Museum August 8 - December 20, 2015)
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