Opus 403, “The Purple Ballerina II”



This subject occupied Cano’s attention on successive occasions, each time featuring the likeness of a young female dancer used as the object of extremely bold color combinations that challenged the canons of  Impressionism and early Modernism.   With shades of purple and green (as body & background hues) he shifted attention toward an array of multi-colored blooms that stretch across her narrow hips and echo within a thin crowning garland.  She may be presumably be designated as The Dancer (still not properly a ballerina) being such a reserved adolescent. One might speculate that she is here posed as a model whose role is to reveal Cano’s endless technical innovations.  Yet bathed in tones of purple et.al. her look is extraordinary.

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Acrylic on canvas


24 x 18"