Creativity crosses traditional boundaries when the visual arts and performance arts meld. Whether the dancer paints, the painter dances, or the artist simply is eyewitness and raconteur, a story develops, energized by the generative spirit that is art. In paintings by Henri Matisse ( JAMA cover, December 24/31, 2008), Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and abstract artist Irving Kriesberg (1919-2009), dancers become the nidus for inspiration and for expression. Kriesberg, although he was of the 20th century and an American (a Chicago native), possesses in common with Matisse, Degas, and Toulouse-Lautrec a keen eye for detail, and the ability to transfer this detail—with underlying emotion—to canvas. In Yellow Dance (cover), Kriesberg composed a snapshot of dancers—as though they had been transported directly from a New York stage—and filtered them through his lens of figurative expressionism.
Torpy JM. Yellow Dance. JAMA. 2012;308(16):1612. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3284