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Anna Pavlova with Jack

Anna Pavlova with Jack

This studio portrait of ballet dancer Anna Pavlova shows her with a pet swan named Jack.  She left behind so many wonderful images and dance photographs; this one is fitting for Pavlova who had danced portraying a swan so many times.  This plate is from Anna Pavlova: In Art & Life [1932] by spouse Victor Dandré and he indicated Jack as her favorite swan.  There are many warm stories of the couple’s pets and the dancer’s love of nature and animals.

The book is laid out in sections detailing her career, impact on dance, personal life, tours, charitable works and final hours.  It’s a bit heart wrenching in its loving tribute as Dandré took to writing it after her death in 1931.  He meshes what had to have been a lifetime of notes and records as her manager with his personal recollections in such an engrossing manner.  What I know about dance would not fill a thimble but I do love a good biography.

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