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El Ballet tras Bastidores / Maria B. Izquierdo, 1902 - 1955, Mexican (Artist)

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Figures in this painting appear both indifferent to and aware of the viewer. Frenzied dancers clad in intense pinks, reds and blues turn their backs to us while several still figures seem to stare beyond the confines of the painting. Like María Izquierdo herself, a painter who faced great adversity due to her gender, the dancers cultivate their artistic practice in front of watchful eyes.

Las figuras de este cuadro parecen tanto indiferentes como conscientes de estar en la vista del espectador. Bailadores frenéticos, vestidos de rosa, rojo y azul chillantes, nos dan la espalda, mientras que otros, detenidos, parecen mirar más allá de los límites del cuadro. Como la misma María Izquierdo, quien se encaró a la adversidad por ser pintora mujer, estos bailadores cultivan su práctica artística ante una mirada atenta.

From the exhibition: Mexican Modernism: Revolution & Reckoning, August 29, 2019 - August 30, 2020.
Alison Rossi, Director of Learning and Community Engagement,

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Title(s): 
El Ballet tras Bastidores; Ballet Backstage
Creator(s): 
Maria B. Izquierdo, 1902 - 1955, Mexican (Artist)
Culture: 
Mexican
Date: 
1939
Materials/Techniques: 
watercolor on paper
Classification: 
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Credit Line: 
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Accession No: 
0227.992
Previous Number(s): 
16972
Department: 
Signed, "M Izquierdo VIII.39." in lower left on recto; Inscribed, "Ballet-Centenada” in lower right on verso.
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