Bruce Turner

Pavlova

c.1912

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On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Bruce Turner 1894–1963
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 516 x 619 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2011
Reference
T13565

Display caption

This painting depicts the ballerina Anna Pavlova who performed three times in Leeds, Turner’s home city, in 1912. Pavlova’s performance was described at the time as ‘the event of the century’. Turner painted the work in the same year as an important exhibition in London of Italian futurist art, which received considerable press attention. Here he explores a fundamental futurist concern, the description of a figure in motion. Showing similarities to the work of Italian futurist Gino Severini, the fragmented and multiplied figure of the dancer gives a vivid sense of her passage through space.

Gallery label, September 2016

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