Popular 1920s burlesque shows featured a newly minted American type—the career chorus girl who was willing to appear barely clad and was able to perform rigorous choreography for a male audience with a taste for machinelike precision. 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 1920s female, with arms raised and hands behind her head, fully exposing a powdered expanse of chest and shoulders.
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"
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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. © Estate of Walt Kuhn
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