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Dame Laura Knight, R.A. (1877-1970)

La Première Danseuse

Details
Dame Laura Knight, R.A. (1877-1970)
La Première Danseuse
signed 'Laura Knight' (lower left)
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1919
Provenance
Fine Art Society, London, November 1948.
Literature
M. Keynes (Ed.), Lydia Lopokova, London, 1983, p.196.

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The artist can be seen reflected in the mirror on the left of the painting. The dancer is Lydia Lopokova, who later married the economist Maynard Keynes in 1925. 'In 1919 Lydia allowed the future Dame Laura Knight to use her dressing-room at the London Coliseum as a studio ... Laura painted two other oils of Lydia: one shows her standing in front of a mirror dressed for the Can-Can, while her dresser adjusts the back of her costume' (M. Keynes (loc. cit.).

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