Popular twenties burlesques performed for urban audiences featured the newly minted American chorus girl—a career girl willing to appear barely clad, and disciplined enough to execute the choreography designed for an audience of American men with a taste for efficient, machinelike precision. These performers were a favorite subject for the painter Walt Kuhn, who earned extra income as a stage and costume designer for popular entertainments. This chorus girl strikes the quintessential pose of the body-conscious twenties female, with arms raised and hands behind her head, fully exposing a powdered expanse of chest and shoulders.
- Artist: Walt Kuhn, American, 1877-1949
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1926
- Dimensions: 45 x 33 1/4in. (114.3 x 84.5cm) Frame: 52 x 40 1/8 x 2 in. (132.1 x 101.9 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Walt Kuhn / 1926"; on bottom tacking margin: "Jan 1926"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 27.860
- Credit Line: Gift of Friends of the Museum
- Rights Statement: © Estate of Walt Kuhn
- Caption: Walt Kuhn (American, 1877-1949). Dressing Room, 1926. Oil on canvas, 45 x 33 1/4in. (114.3 x 84.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Friends of the Museum, 27.860. © Estate of Walt Kuhn
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)