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Showgirl

John Carroll

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
This showgirl, with her direct, heavy-lidded gaze and rouged face, is an example of the “new woman” of the 1920s. Her stance, with turned-out leg and arms akimbo, imply the new and highly sexualized dances popular during the Roaring Twenties. John Carroll alludes to the lively, angular rhythms of popular jazz through the repeated and patterned form of the musician, whose face suggests the shape of an African mask—linking jazz to African culture.
PORTFOLIO/SERIES From the series: "Jazz"
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1929
DIMENSIONS 66 x 40 in. (167.6 x 101.6 cm) frame: 71 x 44 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (180.3 x 113.7 x 3.5 cm)
COLLECTIONS American Art
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.59.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of Ellen E. Rand
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