William RobertsStudy for 'Two Step' 1915

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Artist
William Roberts (1895‑1980)
Title
Study for 'Two Step'
Date 1915
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 298 x 229 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1968
Reference
T01100
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This is one of two drawings made by Roberts for an oil painting of the same title. In this work he reduces a group of dancing figures to a vigorous pattern of hard-edged forms. The picture achieves a high degree of abstraction, yet retains a visible subject, distilled by the artist from the modern world. The Vorticists favoured dancing subjects and Roberts was no exception: 'At the Fox-Trot Ball', 'The Dancers', 'The Dance Club' and 'The Toe Dancer', for example, were all subjects in his work between 1913 and 1921… (read more)

September 2004

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