Category: dance

rijksmuseum-art: A Man Dancing with a Dog by F…


A Man Dancing with a Dog by François Verwilt, Museum of the Netherlands

Een man met een baard dansend met een hond.

Francois (Frans) Verwilt (c.1623 in Rotterdam – 8 August 1691 in Rotterdam) was as a Dutch Golden Age painter.

Charles Hodge Mackie – La danse du village – 1…

Charles Hodge Mackie – La danse du village – 1918

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“Still Dance When I Can, Blueberry In Hand” (a…

“Still Dance When I Can, Blueberry In Hand” (acrylic on canvas 20 x 16 inches)

“Make Lucent Patterns With Limbs” (acrylic on …

“Make Lucent Patterns With Limbs” (acrylic on canvas 14 x 11 inches)

Félix Vallotton – La valse – 1893

Félix Vallotton – La valse – 1893

almavio:Danseuse //  Armand Rassenfosse (1862…


Danseuse // 

Armand Rassenfosse (1862 – 1934)

Armand Rassenfosse (6 August 1862 – 28 January 1934) was a largely self-taught Belgian graphic artist, book illustrator and painter. His masterwork was a set of illustrations for Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal.

At the age of twenty-eight Rassenfosse decided to leave the family business and devote himself entirely to art. His work for Bénard provided a living, and Bénard also introduced him to the practice of lithography. In 1896, he became an intern under Jules Chéret, a lithographer known for his high-quality artistic posters, at the Chaix printing works in Paris. The same year he exhibited in the third salon of “La Libre Esthetique” in Brussels. From then on his reputation continued to grow, with more exhibitions and commissions, particularly for publications.

Rassenfosse illustrated the supplement to the 1895 catalog of Rops’ engravings published by Eugene Rodrigues in 1895. Between 1899 and 1901, Rassenfosse undertook a major contract with Rodrigues’s “Societe des Cent Bibliophiles” to illustrate Charles Baudelaire’s poems Les Fleurs du mal. He created 160 color etchings for the book. The book was published in an edition of only 130 copies. It is not only the magnum opus of Armand Rassenfosse, but is also generally considered one of the highlights in the field of book illustration.[citation needed]

Rassenfosse was appointed Secretary of the Section of Fine Arts as part of the Liège International Expo 1905, and a member of the administrative committee of the Liege Academy of Fine Arts. He participated in several international exhibitions in 1906. When Bénard died in 1907 he had to undertake greater responsibilities with the printing house, leaving him less time for artistic work, leading to a temporary period of stagnation. The death of his son in 1913 and the rigors of World War I caused another crisis. In response he locked himself away for days at a time, absorbed in his work.

He began to work with oil on cardboard, with a smoother, more confident technique. Many of his paintings at this time were of women, mostly nudes in an intimate setting, but he also portrayed dancers in the rich scenery of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes or dancers in the style of Isadora Duncan.[citation needed] He was interested in the theme of “hiercheuses”, as the young girls and women from the Liege coal industry were called. In some of his portraits of these women Rassenfosse depicts them as partly nude trollops, reflecting the traditional view of working women as being sexually promiscuous. The paintings showed them as younger and more attractive than the reality.

After the war ended, Rassenfosse continued to research new techniques of engraving and producing bookplates, and continued to make many illustrations for books. He received numerous titles and awards, including Commander of the Order of Leopold. Rassenfosse died in Liege on 28 January 1934.

arjuna-vallabha:Balinese dancer, Willem Gerard…


Balinese dancer, Willem Gerard Hofker

Willem Gerard Hofker (The Hague, 2 May 1902 – Amsterdam, 30 April 1981) was a Dutch artist, he was an etcher, graphic artist, painter and draftsman.

ohsh-it:Indonesian women and girls by Dutch pa…


Indonesian women and girls by Dutch painter Willem Gerard Hofker (1902-1981)

Willem Gerard Hofker (The Hague, 2 May 1902 – Amsterdam, 30 April 1981) was a Dutch artist, he was an etcher, graphic artist, painter and draftsman.
Willem Hofker was known for his Balinese landscapes and images of Balinese dancers. He also made many portraits, still lifes, landscapes and pictures of horses. He had been a student at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and in 1922 won the Cohen Gosschalk Prize.
In 1936 he left with his wife, artist Maria Hofker-Rueter, to the Dutch East Indies where he ended up in Bali and where a large part of his work came into being. Because of the Japanese occupation, the couple ended up in a camp. After the Japanese defeat they went back to the Netherlands in 1946 and settled in Amsterdam.

loumargi:Arie Smit -Preparing Show Adrianus Wi…


Arie Smit -Preparing Show

Adrianus Wilhelmus “Arie” Smit (15 April 1916 – 23 March 2016) was a Dutch-born Indonesian painter who lived on Bali.

quatermasspitt: Ritual dancers wearing masks r…


Ritual dancers wearing masks resembling Rangda, a malignant demon queen, from the Barong play at Pagoetan, Bali.

Photo by Walter Spies, 1937

Walter Spies (15 September 1895 – 19 January 1942) was a Russian-born German primitivist painter. In 1923 he moved to Java, Indonesia. He lived in Yogyakarta and then in Ubud, Bali starting from 1927. He is often credited with attracting the attention of Western cultural figures to Balinese culture and art in the 1930s and he influenced the direction of Balinese art and Balinese drama.