Pavlova, Anna Pavlovna
(1881-1931), stage name of Matveyeva, ballet dancer. She was trained in St. Petersburg at the Imperial Ballet School, and became world famous. She performed in Russian Seasons
in Paris since 1908; in 1910 organized a ballet company with which traveled with concerts though Europe, America, Asia. This drawing was executed as a sketch for a poster of Russian Seasons in Paris in 1909. Pavlova choreographed over a dozen works and did much to create the stereotyped image of the ballerina which persists today. See: Valentin Serov. Anna Pavlova in the Ballet Sylphyde.