"Carmen Jones"

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Oil on canvas
Overall: 19 1/2 x 24 in. ( 49.5 x 61 cm )
signed at lower right: Corbino
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.
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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.
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Gift of the Estate of Laurie Vance Johnson and Edward Dudley Hume Johnson

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