Muse With Violin Screen, 1930
Featuring a stylized figure of entertainer Josephine Baker, based loosely on widely publicized photos of her dancing nude on the Parisian stage, this screen is a tour de force of the melding of accessible modernist design elements with the technique of master craftsmen. Its foliate decoration and repetition of decorative elements recall the influence of Viennese motifs in the hands of Austro-Hungarian-trained designer Paul Fehér, who had worked in Paris.
It is credited
The Cleveland Museum of Art, On loan from the Rose Iron Works Collections, LLC, 352.1996.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 156.2 × 156.2 × 27.9 cm (5 ft. 1 1/2 in. × 5 ft. 1 1/2 in. × 11 in.)
Joe Venuti was an important violinist in early jazz. “Beale Street Blues”—recorded by the Lang-Venuti Orchestra in 1931—provides us with an example of Venuti’s style. This recording pairs...
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.