Monday Morning Muse: Aleksandra Balashova

The two works that follow portray the same model, Russian prima ballerina Aleksandra Balashova, using vastly different techniques and resulting in two uniquely rendered portraits.

Aleksandra Balashova was a principal dancer at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow until she immigrated to Paris in 1921. She possessed the natural talent to influence and teach generations of dancers that followed, and radiated an inner and outward beauty that undoubtedly inspired the artists that portrayed her.

image sources: one / two

*The oil painting above is now on view in the museum.


One thought on “Monday Morning Muse: Aleksandra Balashova

  1. The stories of the two Russian emigrant artists who did the portraits are no less exciting than the story of the prima. Yakovlev’s drawing is pure kantian beauty )

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