The ballerina, ok. 1925
oil on canvas
81.5 x 54.5 cm (wymiar z ramą 109 x 82 cm)

Provenance:

- Legacy of Bolesław Biegas (Inventory nr 308), Towarzystwo Historyczno-Literackie, Paris, 1954 - Galerie Jan Kugier, Gene've
- Dom aukcyjny Ader Picard Tajan, aukcja Tableaux et sculptures de Boleslas Biegas 1877–1954, Paris, 26 X 1990, (nr 59)
- Private collection, USA

Wystawy:

Exhibitions

- Exposition dans l'Atelier du 3 bis rue Jean Ferrandi, Paris,1949, Exposition des Tableaux Spheriques, nr 1 – Ballerine (Compositions)
- Le Plessis Robinson, Société d'Histoire et d'Etudes, Paris, 1949, nr 22 – Ballerine

Bibliografia:

Literature

- Szymański's Inventory, nr 308, Baletnica, z datą 1925, 1954
- Tableaux et sculptures de Boleslas Biegas 1877–1954, Ader Picard Tajan, Paris,1990, cover (il.), s. 7 (il.)

Opis:

Ballerine is an outstanding work from the mid-1920s, ranking into spherical paintings a trend marked by the innovative approach of its creator.The artist introduced to the art of the twentieth century a portrait without individual characteristics, which he gives mystical purport. Spherical paintings based on a circle – a perfect figure, were a manifestation of Biegas' artistry and genius.This new trend was discussed in Parisian backstage in the 1920's. A combination of a mysterious human figure with an abstract form, a thicket of arches, curves, intersecting circles, and planes, makes us find ourselves in the midst of mysticism. A woman appears in the center of the composition, probably captured during the dance, presented to the waist, inscribed in a geometric layout built with differently colored balls and half-circles. Model's body bent in an unnatural spiral reveals a long, shapely neck.The tilted head almost rests on the raised left shoulder.The left arm is bent, it reveals a round breast. The ballet dancer intrigues with steadfast look and an enigmatic smile. Her eyes carry a secret and her hands, by specific gestures from Hindu mudras, add new meanings to the work.The pointillist background is a perfect presentation of the Biegas' artistry. The painting flickers thanks to the technique used and the superposed, infinite number of small brush strokes. In the lower part of the picture we have a lighter palette of tones, most likely it is the veil of the title ballerina's dress, raised by her moved body. Red, combined with the cool tones is a dominant color which makes the picture almost burn thanks to a huge dose of red – color of love and fire.

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