Chinese Dancer

  • Byron Browne, Chinese Dancer, 1949, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.8

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Byron Browne created abstract images that often suggest recognizable forms. In Chinese Dancer the arrangement of shapes and lines evokes a tall figure in a swirling costume, captured in a fast-moving dance. He focused on the surface of the painting, creating a pattern that carries our eyes from the bright shape in the center, around the white diamonds and curves, to the stars scattered over the vivid pink background.

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“I feel the tradition of art to be behind every picture I do. There cannot be a new art without a solid basis in understanding of past art.” Browne, 1948, quoted in Rand, Byron Browne: Paintings & Drawings from the 30’s, 40’s, & 50’s, 1987

Title
Chinese Dancer
Artist
Date
1949
On View
Dimensions
14 x 12 in. (35.6 X 30.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1986.92.8
Palette
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