Everett Shinn (American, Woodstown, New Jersey 1876–1953 New York)
Oil on canvas board
13 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (34.9 x 45.1 cm)
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772
During a trip to England and France in 1900, Shinn became acquainted with works by his European counterparts, especially Edgar Degas, whom he later termed “the greatest painter France ever turned out.” Here, Shinn echoed Degas’s practice of placing the viewer of the painting among the theater patrons, as a virtual member of the audience. The scene likely depicts a venue in New York, where Spanish songs and dances were popular forms of entertainment. Shinn captured the sensuality of Spanish-style dancing but suggested its shift to respectability by featuring women in the audience.
Signature: [bottom left, in dark blue]: SHINN Signed and dated [in orange and gray directly below]: E SHINN / 1902