On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
Dressing Room is typical of Walt Kuhn’s work in its subject of a costumed performer—here, the career chorus girl—and in the expressively exaggerated features and intense colors. The artist, who earned extra income as a stage and costume designer for popular entertainments, was fascinated by such individuals who existed on the margins of society. He invested this figure, wearing heavy makeup and a hard expression, with a direct, unselfconscious sexuality that was still uncommon at this time in art from the United States.
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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