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"Carmen Jones"

Object Number: 
2001.102
Date: 
1944
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 1/2 x 24 in. ( 49.5 x 61 cm )
Marks: 
signed at lower right: Corbino
Description: 
The five "figures" dancing toward the right in a frieze-like manner and the action in this colorful canvas are painted in a style that walks a tightrope between surrealism and expressionism, as well as abstraction. Their movement was inspired by the musical "Carmen Jones," 1943.
Gallery Label: 
Rather than documenting the theatrical production of "Carmen Jones" by Oscar Hammerstein II, the artist took the theme as a springboard to create this dynamic interpretation of the movement and power behind music, dance, and black culture. Based on the 19th century opera, Hammerstein moved the story from a cigarette factory in Spain to a parachute factory in the United States and used black dialect.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Laurie Vance Johnson and Edward Dudley Hume Johnson
Provenance: 

Wedding gift from the artist to Laurie Vance and Edward Dudley Hume Johnson

Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group