BEATRICE HUNTINGTON (1889 - 1988) Clown Dancing

BEATRICE HUNTINGTON (1889 - 1988) Clown Dancing


Clown Dancing

1913 · watercolour on paper · 34 x 24 cm

Signed and dated lower right, 'B.H. Huntington, 1913' Framed and glazed

Verso labelled: 'Beatrice Huntington 7. Clown Dancing' (The Scottish Gallery, 1990) Exhibited: The Scottish Gallery, 1990, cat. no.7

In 1913 Beatrice Huntington had recently returned from study abroad, first in Paris and then at the Heinrich Knirr school in Munich. Beatrice was herself an accomplished musician, and here explores the relation- ship between image and movement. It is likely that she was aware of Matisse's work, La Danse (1910) and in this study she too succeeds in capturing a sense of rhythm and liberation. Her choice of subject, a Commedia dell'Arte-inspired character in circus costume, suggests a familiarity with a bohemian world of performers and artists. It is pos- sible too that she was acquainted with the dancer Margaret Morris and with her partner, Scottish Colourist J. D. Fergusson, who were in Paris and London around this time. Reflecting a similar aesthetic, Morris wrote that she 'first realised the absolute necessity of relating movement with form and colour when studying painting of the modern movement in Paris in 1913.' (Margaret Morris Dancing, 1926)


Height 34 cm / 13 12"
Width 24 cm / 9 12"