Paint the Stage - Ariana Woltering

This gallery includes paintings of dancers from different cultures and artists. The main focus is the use of movement to show the elegance and beauty of dancers. The most difficult part of painting dancers is to show their movement and agility through a still depiction. When this depiction can be done as gracefully as the dancers in action, it is something to be noted and celebrated. 

This painting depicts six dancers. An interesting aspect of this piece is that even though there are six separate dancers, their proximity to each other, same poses, and similar shades of pink make them act as one figure almost. There is movement in their painting in the way that all of the dancers have their arms crossed over their sides.
This painting focuses on one dancer during a routine. Degas created a contrast within the sense of depth in this painting by putting dancers in orange tutus behind the main dancer in green. The main dancer has her chest down and her leg back which creates a lot of movement in this piece, along with another dancer's leg in front of her.
In this painting, there are two dancers. There is a simply and fluid feel to this piece because of the limited color palette. The dancers are connected at their hands which diminishes the idea of two separate dancers and makes them become one figure. The dancer on the left is leaning forward with her arms up behind her and the dancer on the right is leaning in with her arms in the air. The curves of the dancers' bodies crate a very interesting movement in this piece.
This painting depicts a Spanish dancer. She is very traditionally dressed and seems to be mid step. The colors used in this painting are very vibrant and characteristic of Spanish dancers. The dancer in this painting is not static, but she is leaning back onto one leg with he other leg stretched out as if she is about to leap onto it. Another aspect that shows movement in this painting, is the way that he dress is ruffled around her leg.
This painting shows a dancer in traditional Turkish clothing. This piece is interesting because in many paintings of dancers there are more than one depicted; however, this dancer is alone in this painting. Also, because of the background there is a great sense of depth that makes the dancer seem almost larger than life. The ruffles in her skirt along with the bend in her waist and arm placement gives a feeling of movement to this painting.
This painting is quite different than the others in this collection, yet still is depicting a dancer. However, along with the dancer, there is also a guitar player and three women behind her, watching. In this painting, there is a lot of contrasting colors and the highlight on the dancer's hip makes her stand out. The positioning of her leg and arms creates so much movement in this piece.
In this painting, there are two dancers doing a traditional Asian dance. This piece is interesting because, unlike the other pieces in this collection, there is no background. There also is not really a sense of depth. Yet, the figures do create a lot of movement with their body placements. It almost even looks like they are dancing in a circle around each other.
This painting is very interesting for many reasons. The color palette is very dramatic and stands out because of how strong the reds are. Also, the dancers are all very animated in their movements. The dresses flowing and the girls' feet positions look like this was a still photo taking in the middle of a dance. The flooring also adds to the movements because it looks like it is coming out from under the dancers.
This is a beautiful portrait of Martha Graham, one of them most influential choreographers in dance. There is so much elegance in this painting and the contrast of her skin to everything else in this paint is completely striking. There is so much movement in the clouds behind her and her hair. It is almost possible to see the wind blowing around her.
This last painting does not have as much movement as the other pieces in the collection, but it almost has an implied movement along with subtle movement. The dancer is sitting on a chair preparing for her performance. Though, there is movement in he tying the strings of her pointe shoes and the way that her tutu falls from the chair. Another notable aspect of this painting is the harsh contrast between the dancer and the dark background.
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