In this drawing, Sylvia Spicuzza cavalry takes influence from the Fauvist works of Henri Matisse, especially his famous paintings titled "La Dance" that hang in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the MoMA in New York City. Like in those paintings, Spicuzza presents the viewer with lyrical dancing figures. The male figure crouches down, one leg extended outward and his arms gracefully posed over his head. Behind him is the form of a fish. The woman, most influenced by Matisse, springs to the right, the gesture of her body helping to contain the composition. The vibrant use of color and playful line is also derived from the coloration of the Fauve painters, using these for expressive purposes rather than to create a naturalistic image. By borrowing this composition and style, we can see the sophistication and education of Spicuzza and how effective she must have been as an art educator.
8.5 x 11 inches, artwork
15 x 17.5 inches, frame
Stamped with artist's signature, lower right
Entitled by artist, lower right