William Merritt Chase, (American, 1849–1916). Carmencita, 1890. Gift of Sir William Van Horne, 1906 (06.969) | Carmencita, the dancer known as "The Pearl of Seville," made her New York debut in 1889 and was besieged with requests for private performances. John Singer Sargent arranged for her to perform in Chase's Tenth Street studio on April 1, 1890. After this memorable recital, Chase painted this lively portrait of her, showing her in motion as she clicks her castanets in her hands. #dance
Remember this carefree feeling as a child? Where does this feeling go when we grow up? Why don't we wear our favorite slippers and twirl just because we are happy? This picture, to me, captures the innocence of childhood.
Ruth St. Denis in her solo dance "Radha", 1906. modern dance pioneer, introducing eastern ideas into the art. co-founder of the American Denishawn School of Dance and the teacher of several notable performers.