The Story Behind Anatoly Metlan’s Flamenco Dancers

Grace, poise, energy—these are the qualities one finds in skilled dancers around the world, and are almost impossible to capture in a work of art.


Anatoly Metlan Park West Gallery

Flamenco Dancer” (2014), Anatoly Metlan

While historically known for his beautiful Mediterranean landscapes, Anatoly Metlan went beyond his comfort zone to amaze collectors with a series of dynamic dancers painted in his latest technique.

Metlan is inspired by his travels around Europe, resulting in landscapes full of uncompromising light, vivid color, and detailed vistas. It’s this love of travel that led Metlan to Barcelona, Spain, where he attended concerts and shows featuring flamenco dancers. What he saw left him astounded.

Anatoly Metlan Park West Gallery

Twilight” (2009), Anatoly Metlan

“I was captivated by the dramatic suspended tension and the emotional expressiveness of the dance moves,” Metlan says. “It has become an impulse of inspiration for a new period, a new phase of my art.”

Like Impressionist artist Edgar Degas before him, Metlan was compelled to transmit his fascination with dancers onto the canvas. However, unlike Degas, who once controversially claimed that women are “concerned with nothing beyond their physical occupations,” Metlan aspires to celebrate both physical and spiritual female beauty with his works.

Instead of turning to his traditional paintbrushes, Metlan decided to use his own recently-discovered technique using a palette knife. He found the technique, with its large strokes and textures, was perfect for conveying the energy and sweeping motions of a dancer in action.

Anatoly Metlan Park West Gallery

To Her Own Beat II” (2016), Anatoly Metlan

As a result, Metlan’s detailed dancers are posed mid-stride amidst abstract backgrounds, skillfully capturing graceful bodies and sensual movements. Up close, viewers may only see bright patches of paint, but as they pull away, the swathes transform into fiery, flowing skirts.

Metlan’s inspiration didn’t end with flamenco dancers. His muse took on a different form, trading flamenco skirts for elegant gowns and instruments such as violins, cellos, and saxophones. These musical women stand poised, as if just finishing a song or preparing to confidently step onto the stage.

Anatoly Metlan Park West Gallery

The Violinist II” (2016), Anatoly Metlan

Collectors are definitely not shy about their love for Metlan’s electrifying dancers and musicians. There are countless Pinterest boards dedicated to images of his dancers, and his fans on Instagram also love sharing their passion for his dancing women caught in motion.

Metlan’s paintings on Instagram

To collect the art of Metlan, contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or

8 Responses to The Story Behind Anatoly Metlan’s Flamenco Dancers

  1. Sandra McLeod says:

    My husband and I recently purchased 3 of Anatoly Metlan’s paintings while on a Princess Cruise. I immediately fell in love with the Flamenco Dancer, the colours and detail. My European heritage drew me into his art. We are so excited to have them in our home

  2. Nadia Vicente says:

    I purchased two of the dancers in the fall of 2017.
    I was instantly attracted to the beauty and energy that flowed from the canvas.
    That are a perfect addition to my home.

  3. Steven Zawada says:

    My wife and I purchased Anatoly Metlan’s painting “A Private Concert” The woman in his paintings are absolutely stunning. It looks beautiful in our home.

  4. Michael Medland says:

    I purchased both the Flamenco Dancer and To Her Own Beat II…The movement and color composition I found very striking…They are amazing and a great addition to my home.

  5. Thomas Hoff says:

    My wife and I purchased 2 of these pieces on our last NCL cruise we love them. We are debating another cruise in November. Odds are we have 2 more to go.

  6. Stacie Rubin says:

    I fell in love the moment I saw Metlan’s stunning women. I immediately was drawn to them and had to buy them. We bought To Her Own Beat II, Crescendo, and my favorite, The Violinist II. I find myself sconstantly gazing at them. Best art I ever bought!

  7. Melissa Balk says:

    Absolutely love our Flamanco painting. We were instantly draw to her from our love for Spain and the Spanish culture. Our painting looks stunning in our wall. Love love love it!

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest News

  • The Incredible Process of Bringing Salvador Dalí’s “Divine Comedy” to Life

    In 1950, famed Surrealist Salvador Dalí began work on an ambitious project—he was going to illustrate Dante’s 14th-century epic poem about the afterlife, “The Divine Comedy.”What he didn’t ...
    Read More
  • Do You Know How to Take Care of Your Art? Take Our Quiz...

    We love art, and we’re betting you do too. That is why we want to give you some expert tips on how to keep your art looking as beautiful as ...
    Read More
  • Everyone Wants to Take a Bite Out of Artist Matt Beyrer

    Artist Matt Beyrer has an uncanny knack for drawing depth and beauty out of unexpected places.

    So perhaps it’s not surprising that Beyrer’s artistic career began in an unexpected place—on a surfboard.

    Read More
  • The Strange History Behind Salvador Dalí’s “Divine Comedy”

    Salvador Dalí was an unusual choice to illustrate Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy.”Dante’s epic poem is considered one of Italy’s national treasures, a work embraced by both Italian cultural ...
    Read More
  • Collect Original Graphic Works by Salvador Dali in Our New Fall Sale

    Salvador Dalí is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. Now you have the opportunity to collect works from the internationally renowned Surrealist in our ...
    Read More
  • Meet the Artist: 10 Questions with Patrick Guyton

    Patrick Guyton has combined his passion for ancient art techniques with a tenacious work ethic to create a truly unique body of work.Guyton’s art is a sight to behold. ...
    Read More
  • Park West CEO Provides Insight into ‘Self-Destructing’ Banksy Art

    Famous street artist Banksy has made art history by having one of his paintings elaborately destroy itself immediately after being sold for $1.4 million.The unprecedented stunt took place at Sotheby’s ...
    Read More
  • Park West Auctioneer Spotlight: Alex White

    It takes a special kind of person to head off onto the high seas to spread their love of art to travelers around the world.Alex White is one of those ...
    Read More
  • The History of Picasso Ceramics: How Picasso Changed Pottery Forever

    Between 1946 and 1973, Pablo Picasso created a breathtaking collection of original ceramic works.Over the past 50 years, Park West Museum has developed one of the largest collections ...
    Read More
  • Understanding the Delicate Process Behind the Art of Patrick Guyton

    The artistic process Patrick Guyton uses to create his art is exacting, volatile, and precarious. This may sound hyperbolic, but for Guyton, something as simple as using the wrong ...
    Read More
  • Park West Gallery Enhances the Art Experience with New Interactive Technology

    As Park West Gallery celebrates 50 years in business, it’s continuing its mission of reimagining the art world with new and innovative ways for people to interact with art.Park West ...
    Read More
  • Meet James Coleman: 10 Questions with the Acclaimed Artist

    If you’re not familiar with the name “James Coleman,” you’re definitely familiar with his work.For over 17 years, Coleman supervised the creation of the hand-painted backgrounds for some of ...
    Read More