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Walt Kuhn
Born 1877 in Brooklyn, NY
Died 1949 in New York, NY
Girl in Uniform, 1936
oil paint on canvas
40 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.
2000.6
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Kuhn’s mature career is almost exclusively identified with his portraits of circus and vaudeville performers. From 1922–26, he made his living designing and directing touring stage revues, so he was very familiar with the world of performers and vaudeville. This painting may be one of his series of show girls dressed in close-fitting, military-style costumes. In fact, Kuhn kept costumes in his studio that his wife made for his show girl/models to wear.