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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, tracking the figure in movement. 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.