Henri Gaudier-Brzeska The Dancer 1913

Artwork details

The Dancer
Date 1913
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 787 x 230 x 216 mm
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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This work was first modelled in clay,
which contributed to the sinuous elegance of its form. It has been described in terms of 'fluidity and physical abandon' and reflects Gaudier's fascination with rhythm and movement. This was influenced by the theories of creative energy and of the world in a state of constant flux, proposed by the philosopher Henri Bergson.


Like the torso to left, the figure is based on the painter Nina Hamnett, who danced naked in the studios of Paris. She had been admired by Isadora Duncan, the leading exponent of contemporary 'free' dance.

August 2004

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