Bruce Turner
Pavlova c.1912

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Bruce Turner 1894–1963
Date c.1912
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 516 x 619 mm
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2011
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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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.

October 2013

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