MARGARET and TROY KINNEY (1872/1871 - 1952/1938) Dancing girl in Norwegian bunad.
Oil on canvas. 845x535 mm; 33 1/4x21 inches. Signed "The Kinneys" in lower left corner. A lovely collaborative painting by the American husband and wife artists. Troy Kinney was an illustrator, painter, etcher, and print maker/graphic artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Kinney married Margaret West, who was also an artist. They collaborated so often that people referred to them jointly as "the Kinneys." They created illustrations for several books and covers for Harper's Bazaar magazine as well as fine art paintings, many of which focused on dance, as in this canvas. In 1910, a book publisher sent the couple to Spain to make a set of illustrations for the first English translation of the book Blood and Sand. While in Spain, Kinney became fascinated with Spanish dancing and spent several years studying it. In 1914 he wrote a book on the subject titled The Dance, Its Place in Art and Life.