Sculpture, designs and details from Malvina Hoffman's collaboration with Anna Pavlova
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Hall of Mankind
The largest bronze commission in the history of art (1930-1933).
From a private collection