The Dancers

Illustration © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society. Catalogue information based on the catalogue raisonné by David Cleall. For this and full details of the exhibitions cited, see the links below. Any auction prices quoted may not include all fees and taxes, such as VAT and Artist's Resale Right charges.

The Dancers

The Dancers, 1913–14
Oil on canvas

'This painting was borrowed by [Wyndham] Lewis to hang at the Rebel Art Centre in the Spring of 1914 and seems to be even more formalised than [the study]. An incredibly precocious achievement for a young artist of 18 years of age. Dancers was perhaps shown as The Dance in the 1914 Twentieth Century Art Exhibition and it was reproduced as Dancers in BLAST No.1' – Cork, Vorticism and its Allies, p. 40.
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Rebel Art Centre 1914, Whitechapel Gallery 1914 (as The Dance ?), New York 1917? (as The Dance ? – cf. Cork, op. cit.)
REPRODUCED: Blast No. 1 (illust. xiii, between pp. 96 and 97); Roberts, Some Early Abstract and Cubist Work, p. 5

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