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Psychological Abstract Portrait of Ted Shawn

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Psychological Abstract Portrait of Ted Shawn

Artist: Katherine Dreier (American, 1877 - 1952)

Date: 1929
Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 25in. (76.2 x 63.5cm)
Framed: 32 3/4 x 27 1/2in. (83.2 x 69.9cm)
Signed: Verso (in red paint): ' Aug / 1929 / Katherine S. Dreier / c.o LeFevbre Foinet / 2 Rue Brea / PARIS.'
Inscribed: Verso, red paint: 'Owner / T. Shawn' Veerso: Circular stamps on canvas and stretcher (now obliterated): 'DOUAN'
Credit Line: Purchased in Honor of the Museum's Current and Former Docents
Object number: 96.29
Label Text
Ted Shawn (1891-1972) was a dancer and choreographer who founded Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Western Massachusetts. Shawn believed that "dance communicates man's deepest, highest, and most truly spiritual thoughts and emotions far better than words, spoken or written." Abstract forms and symbolic colors, therefore, were the most appropriate tools for Katherine S. Dreier to capture the dynamism of Shawn's modern dance. She used the large blue circle as the dominant motif and her brushwork and paint around this orb suggest movement.

Mary E. Murray
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Presumed copyright: the artist or the artist's representative/heir(s).