Merry Christmas

This photo of Anna Pavlova, dressed for her divertissement, Christmas, was one of her favourites. She signed it and gave it to those who helped her during her visit to Australia in 1929.

The portrait was taken in Paris by the Viennese photographer, Dora Kalmus (or Kallmus), whose studio was called Atelier d’Ora.

In 1925 she opened a studio in Paris 1925 where she took photographs of writers, artists, entertainers and fashion designers, among them Coco Chanel, Tamara de Lempicka, Colette and Maurice Chevalier.

Among those who were lucky enough to receive d’Ora’s portrait of Pavlova in Australia were the Melbourne ballet teacher, Eunice Weston, and the artist and publisher, Sydney Ure Smith, whose magazine Home, featured Pavlova in photographic spreads.

The photo is part of the dance collection of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.

This is a revised version of my original post and corrects the spelling of d’Ora’s name.

Merry Christmas to all dancelines’ readers and special thanks to Robert Woodley at the Mitchell Library who has helped me research the collection over the past two years.

Valerie

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