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Angna Enters Dancing

10 5/16 x 6 1/2 in. (26.2 x 16.5 cm)

John Sloan
United States (Lock Haven, PA, 1871 - 1951, Hanover, NH)

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Graphite on wove paper
Credit Line: Gift of Grant Holcomb and family, in honor of Jeanne Peterson Holcomb
Accession Number: 1996.96
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Location: Not currently on view

Drawing of dance/mime skit called 'Contre Danse' by performer Angna Enters.

Angna Enters (ca. 1900 -1989) was known for performances that were often referred to as 'compositions in dance form' or 'episodes.' Enters used dance, mime, acting, costumes, music and sets to bring to life an array of characters from different times and foreign countries. Miss Enters was also an artist and exhibited paintings and drawings at The Memorial Art Gallery in November of 1936 and she performed in Rochester at least once in 1946.

Raised in Milwaukee, Enters moved to New York City in the early 1920's, where she enrolled in a life class taught by John Sloan at the Art Students League. Enters and Sloan met again several years later after a performance she gave in 1925. Sloan, Robert Henri and others were so impressed with Enters' performance that they created a committee to promote her work as they had done decades earlier for dance legend Isadora Duncan.

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See general reference in Dorothy Mandel: "Uncommon Eloquence," Arden Press, Denver CO, 1986: p. 35. The text notes that Sloan sent the dancer his etching of her "Contra Danse" and that he sketched her at her performances for several years.

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See other images of Angna Enters by the same artist: Angna Enters, 88.17; The Green Hour, 99.26; and Contre Danse, 99.28

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