Gino Severini (1883 - 1966)
Pour laffiche 1912
Martha Graham’s Letter to the World, 1940, by Charlotte Trowbridge.
These drawings seem to me as a dancer to be images of what might be called the frenzy which animates the dancer’s body frame from within. It is this anatomy with which Charlotte Trowbridge is concerned, rather than with the portraiture or with the record of the dance as picture. If it is the sentiment of an event or the likeness of a dancer’s face or body which is sought, then these drawings will not give it. She does not seek to record but to reveal. It is her ability to intuit the state of imaginative reality which is dance which makes her unique drawings penetrating and powerful and sometimes frightening. …~ Martha Graham, introduction to Charlotte Trowbridge’s 1945 book Dance Drawings of Martha Graham.