On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
During the 1920s the world of the theater permitted bolder expressions of female sexuality that were gradually coming into vogue. The Brooklyn-born painter Walt Kuhn captured this spirit in a series of single portraits featuring costumed performers in intimate, offstage settings. In Dressing Room, a heavily made-up chorus girl directs her gaze outward while flaunting a self-assured stance. Kuhn’s depiction of popular entertainment from this decade contributed to the visualization of the decidedly modern woman and coincided with early feminist advocacy for women’s expanded roles in professional and social life.
Oil on canvas
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)
Signed lower right: "Walt Kuhn / 1926"; on bottom tacking margin: "Jan 1926"
Gift of Friends of the Museum
© Estate of Walt Kuhn
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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. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.860_SL1.jpg)
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