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Maker(s):Maliavin, Filipp Andreevich
Culture:Russian (1869-1940)
Title:Portrait of the Prima Ballerina Aleksandra Balashova
Date Made:1923
Materials:Oil on board
Measurements:Frame: 24 x 27 5/8 in.; 61.0 x 70.2 cm; Board: 18 1/2 x 22 in.; 47.0 x 55.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.89
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
While vivid, decorative colors and joyful subjects were Maliavin’s trademark, he also created fine portraits of contemporaries. The model in this portrait, Aleksandra Balashova, was a principal dancer at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow until she immigrated to Paris in 1921. Maliavin connected the elegance and sensuousness of turn-of-the-century art with blotchily applied paint and energetic brushstrokes. On his canvases, the color splotches have a powerful expressive force, a quality characteristic of the avant-garde, although the artist remained true to figurative art throughout his career.
BJ, 2010

portraits; sitting; benches; dancers

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