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Spencer Frederick Gore, 1878–1914, British

Ballet Scene from "On the Sands"

Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, lower left: "S. F. GORE" [in a rectangle]

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
audience | ballerinas | ballet | conductor (musician) | dancers | genre subject | hall | interior | leisure | musicians | orchestra (ensemble) | performance | performers | proscenium | proscenium arch | set (architectural element) | spectators | stage
Not on view

Spencer Gore frequented London’s music halls and theaters from an early age. The Alhambra Theatre of Varieties in Leicester Square, which boasted a lavish "oriental" interior, features in at least three of his paintings. In this work, two dancers in gypsy dress perform a scene from a comic ballet, but the focus is as much on the orchestra as it is on gaudy action of the stage. Although reminiscent of compositions by his contemporary Walter Sickert, Gore’s bright palette and use of flat, decorative patches of color, speak to his growing interest in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, whose work had been shown in Roger Fry’s exhibition, Manet and the Post-Impressionists, that same year.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 106-107, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Frederick Gore, Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914), catalogue , Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1983, no. 10, NJ18 G583 G67 (YCBA)

Julia Marciari-Alexander, This other Eden, paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1998, p. 176, no. 72, ND1314.3 Y36 1998 (YCBA)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

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