matisse the dance

Painted in 1915, Inferno is a seminal early Dada work by Marcel Janco, one of the inventors and founding members of the Dada movement.  The stage like setting of the present work and the raw energy of the naked figures anticipates the Dada shows at the Cabaret Voltaire.  The circular group of rope pullers are compositionally reminiscent of Matisse’s Dance of 1910, whilst the chiaroscuro and modelling of the figures harks back to Goya and his nightmarish visions.

Courtesy of Sotheby’s