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Gaiety Burlesk, 1930 (edition1969)

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Before television became a regular staple of American life, entertainment took the form of live performances, and included such theatrical presentations as the burlesque, a variety show that featured bawdy comedy and female striptease. Presented in small cabarets and theaters, burlesques and vaudeville acts were popular in America from the 1860s until the 1940s. A frequent subject of Reginald Marsh’s paintings and prints, the seedy, lower-class nature of burlesque held a special appeal for the Yale-educated artist. He once noted: “The whole thing is extremely pictorial. … You get a woman in the spotlight, the gilt architecture of the place, plenty of humanity. Everything is nice and intimate.”

Exhibitions
  • America, Seen

    Saturday, December 19, 2015 - Sunday, September 04, 2016
Details
Title
Gaiety Burlesk
Artist Life
1898 - 1954
Role
Maker
Accession Number
P.97.28.1
Catalogue Raisonne
Saskowsky 102 os
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