Gross, Chaim. Dancing Girls

Chaim Gross, Dancing Girls
Chaim Gross, Dancing Girls, 1965

Artist: Chaim Gross (American, b. Austria, 1904-1991)

Title: Dancing Girls


Date: 1965

Dimensions: 43 1/2″ x 29″

Location in Library: Fourth floor

Media: Charcoal on paper; works on paper

Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. Gift of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation.
© The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation


Gross was primarily known as a sculptor, but he was also a fine draftsman and watercolorist. Dancing Girls, one of his thousands of works on paper, demonstrates his mastery of drawing. In this charcoal sketch, he captures the vitality, three-dimensionality, and rhythmic energy of dancers in space. Along with acrobats and aerialists, dancers were among Gross’s favorite subjects. He said that he was attracted to these figures not because he was “interested in acrobats per se” but rather because he found in them “many possibilities of variations in forms and movements.”

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The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

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