Portrait of the Dancer Anna Pawlowa (Pavlova), 1904. Max Slevogt (German, Impressionism, 1868–1932). Oil on canvas. New Masters Gallery, Dresden.
After attending the Imperial Ballet School, Pavlova (Russian, 1881-1931) made her company debut in 1899 and quickly became prima ballerina. Her breakthrough performance was in The Dying Swan in 1905, which became her signature role. She joined the Ballet Russe in 1909 and formed her own company in 1911.