Sculpture, designs and details from Malvina Hoffman's collaboration with Anna Pavlova
La Gavotte, nude study, front
La Gavotte, nude study, back
La Gavotte of Anna Pavlova
Award-winning Russian Dancers with Anna Pavlova, installed 1919 Luxembourg Gardens
Hoffman and Pavlova collaborated in their global businesses to increase sales before women had the right to vote. They both had a payroll to meet.
The Bacchanale frieze, a 26-panel bas relief sculpture created by Malvina Hoffman in her collaboration with Anna Pavlova. The masterpiece took 15 years to create and has only been seen in public a few times.
Designed by Malvina Hoffman with Pavlova, the Bacchanale frieze is seen threaded through Pavlova's name.
Designed by Malvina Hoffman with Pavlova, the interior of the playbill.
In 1937, fifty dancers from around the world came for six weeks to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate dance. Visual arts including painting, bronze, & movies were on display. The Picasso Ballet with sets "Parade" was performed.
Malvina Hoffman with her muse and best friend Anna Pavlova.
Pictured with the Thinker (Le Penseur) by Auguste Rodin. "At the tomb of my master Rodin."
After WWI, Herbert Hoover and the Red Cross asked Malvina Hoffman to spend six weeks to report back on mass starvation in the Balkans. This helped Hoover end mass starvation in Europe after the war.
90' above the ground on the Bush House in London
This educational comic book went to all the US public school systems about Malvina Hoffman's trip around the world for the Hall of Mankind.
Malvina's first sculpture, age 14. She was despondent over the suicide of a friend and went to clay to express her feelings.
Malvina sculpted for six weeks 90' above the ground to make sure the faces of this sculpture were perfect in the light throughout the day. She used tea stain to match the colors to the building.
This is at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Elemental Man at Syracuse University Law School, New York.
Created with architect William Delano to honor WWII Americans buried in Vosages, France.
Rodin saw Malvina Hoffman twist two pieces of clay together. He asked her what it was. She said an accident. He said, "That is no accident. Keep it for five years, and then go back to it."
Nijinsky in L'Apres Midi D'un Faune.
These are acrobats, done when Malvina was elderly and bedridden. She could only create small pieces in her bed. This piece is done in wax.
These Breton Wrestlers were a popular theme for artists visiting the Brittany coast of France.
International Dance Fountain created for the New York World's Fair 1939. Was destroyed after the fair and turned into a sidewalk.
Hall of Mankind
The largest bronze commission in the history of art (1930-1933).
Opening Gallery, 1933. The globe in the center represents all men are one.
Award-winning Mongolian Dancer, front
Award-winning Mongolian Dancer, back
Crow Native American
Rickshaw Driver, back
Rickshaw Driver, back
Burma, Giraffe Neck Woman in clay
50 of Malvina Hoffman's bronzes are now back on display at the Field Museum (2016).
Stanley Field of the Field Museum commissioned the "Hall of Mankind"