An image of Bell dance

Rupert Bunny

(Australia, France 29 Sep 1864 – 25 May 1947)

Bell dance

Other titles:
Bell Dance, Bell dancers, Danseuses aux cloches
Not on display
Further information

'Bell dance' is gloriously coloured, with a rhythmic composition depicting a group of handbell ringers cavalcading across the pictorial surface, with one stooping with the weight of a large bell. Rupert Bunny presents these figures in a flat, decorative style, reminiscent of a Greek frieze or painted vase.

The painting visually encapsulates the vibrancy of modern dance and the exotic splendour of France’s belle époque, as well as the brilliant and unconventional colour combinations used in the costumes and sets of the Ballets Russes. Applying pure colour, Bunny created vibrant patterns using dynamic arabesque lines, interwoven to create vivid tapestry-like surfaces.

Place of origin
Paris, France
(circa 1920)
oil on canvas
54.0 x 64.8 cm stretcher; 67.9 x 78.0 x 5.0 cm frame; 52.9 x 63.6 cm sight edge
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, black oil "RCWB" in monogram. Not dated.

Purchased 1969
Accession number