Dance is an absolutely essential element of who we are as humans. It is an art form that has been a part of civilization since history was recorded. In its breathtaking beauty and diverse array of styles, dance is a way of connecting all of us to each other, past, present and future. It is transcendent, and yet culturally divergent, and to some societies it is as important as language itself as a means of self expression.
El Jaleo by John Singer Sargent, 1882
But, painting Dance can be an almost insurmountable challenge to artists. How do you capture movement in a still image?
How do you hear music through the silence of a painting? Somehow art finds a way.
These are some of the most famous historical paintings of dance:
Degas - Ballet Rehearsal (1873), Sargent - El Jaleo (1882), Oppler - Les Sylphides (1915), Matisse - La Danse (1909)
These are art classics that have attempted to capture movement and form in paintings incorporating various styles.
La Danse by Henri Matisse, 1909
With its unique ability to inspire the heart, soul, and imagination of audiences and participants alike it's no wonder that the essence of dance has been such a profound source of inspiration for painters throughout the ages. Theo Michael is no different in celebrating his passion for the visual art form of dance.