[Paintings]

Title
[Paintings] [graphic].
Author
Duncan, Irma.
Publication
1952-1955.

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Still imageSupervised useAvailable*MGZGV 12-2326Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance

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Description
7 paintings on canvas board : oil, color; 72 x 56 cm. or smaller.
Genre/Form
Paintings.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Six paintings are signed and dated; one is unsigned and undated.
Source (note)
  • Irma Duncan.
Biography (note)
  • Irma Duncan, born Irma Ehrich-Grimme, 1897-1977, was a foster daughter of American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. Selected from Isadora's dance school in Grunwald, Germany, she performed as one of the six Isadorables, and later changed her name legally to Duncan. She accompanied Isadora to Moscow in 1921, ultimately becoming the head of the school Isadora founded there. She settled in the United States in 1930, married an American, became a citizen, and opened her own school in New York City. Her autobiography Duncan dancer was published in 1966.
Call Number
*MGZGV 12-2326
OCLC
827003998
Author
Duncan, Irma.
Title
[Paintings] [graphic].
Imprint
1952-1955.
Summary
Seven paintings, all but one depicting human figures. The unsigned and undated painting appears to be the earliest. It depicts a woman and little girl in street clothes facing a barefooted woman in a Greek tunic, who may be Isadora Duncan or Irma herself. The baskets of flowers in the background suggest that the setting may be a theatre dressing room. The other paintings, which are all signed and dated, are, in chronological order: Scarfdance [labeled on the verso], portraying five female dancers in Greek tunics, 1952; a little girl in a blue coat and hat, posed against a background decorated with a treble clef, 1953; a woman reading to a little girl, in the style of Mary Cassatt, 1953; a bust-length, full-face portrait of a woman, possibly a self-portrait, 1954; a Greek? landscape viewed from across water, with a sailing ship and views of buildings and a road zigzagging up a steep hill, 1954; a nude woman draped in a salmon-pink scarf, dancing in a landscape, 1955.
Biography
Irma Duncan, born Irma Ehrich-Grimme, 1897-1977, was a foster daughter of American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. Selected from Isadora's dance school in Grunwald, Germany, she performed as one of the six Isadorables, and later changed her name legally to Duncan. She accompanied Isadora to Moscow in 1921, ultimately becoming the head of the school Isadora founded there. She settled in the United States in 1930, married an American, became a citizen, and opened her own school in New York City. Her autobiography Duncan dancer was published in 1966.
Local Note
Cataloging funds provided by Friends of Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Source
Gift; Irma Duncan.
Local Subject
Duncan dancing.
Added Author
Duncan, Irma. Donor
Research Call Number
*MGZGV 12-2326
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