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Betalo Rubino, Dramatic Dancer

Artist
Robert Henri, American, 1865–1929
Date
1916
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
Dimensions
77 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. (196.2 x 94.6 cm)
framed: 85 x 45 x 4 in. (215.9 x 114.3 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
841:1920
NOTES
The dramatic brushstrokes and bold coloring of this portrait are hallmarks of Robert Henri's best work. The artist avoided traditional portrait commissions and preferred to select his own models from the working classes. He considered the talented Spanish dancer Betalo Rubino to be an artist in her own right, and she in turn invited him to contribute to her performances, allowing him to suggest movements or gestures that would emphasize her stage entrances and exits.
- 1920
Robert Henri (1865-1929), New York, NY

1920 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from the artist [1]


Notes:
[1] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, February 5, 1920.
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