Ruth St. Denis in the Peacock Dance  1919

by Robert Henri

As with many of his compatriots among the Ashcan painters, Henri had an avid interest in the theater, evidenced by this striking full-length portrait of the celebrated modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis. Captivated by St. Denis's soon-to-be-legendary performance at New York's Palace vaudeville house, Henri asked the dancer to pose for what he called "a mighty propaganda."...
85 x 49 in. (215.9 x 124.5 cm.)
Oil on canvas
This photographic reproduction is in the public domain (Wikimedia Commons)