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Everett Shinn (1876-1953)
Property from a Delaware Collection
Everett Shinn (1876-1953)

Girl on Stage

Everett Shinn (1876-1953)
Girl on Stage
signed and dated 'E. Shinn/1906' (lower left)--inscribed indistinctly 'To my friend Ernest ***/from Everett Shinn/1908.' (on the mat lower right)
red chalk and gouache on paper
13¼ x 17¼ in. (33.7 x 43.8 cm.)
Private collection, Paris.
Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., New York.
J. Wong, Everett Shinn: The Spectacle of Life, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2000, pp. 85, 165, pl. 51, illustrated.
New York, Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., Everett Shinn: The Spectacle of Life, November 28, 2000-January 13, 2001.

Lot Essay

"Shinn rendered his dancers primarily in either oil or pastel, however around 1906 he created at least two stunning accounts of female performers in red chalk...In Girl on Stage, the red chalk is utilized with sureness and conviction attesting to Shinn's great skill in handling the medium. White gouache is used to form the swath of footlighting illuminating the dancer, bathing her in a sensuous incandescent glow and adding a brilliant immediacy to the picture. Girl on Stage is related to Julie Bonbon (1906-07; The Metropolitan Museum of Art) a red chalk drawing of a dancer, which in turn is related to a pastel of the same performer, Julie Bonbon (The Stage from the Orchestra) (1907; The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Girl on Stage and Julie Bonbon almost certainly feature the same attractive model who is shown poised and confident from a low vantage point as if we are seeing her from a seat in the orchestra pit." (J. Wong, Everett Shinn: The Spectacle of Life, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2000, p. 85)

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