"Carmen Jones"

"Carmen Jones"
Title
"Carmen Jones"
Date 
1944
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 19 1/2 x 24 in. ( 49.5 x 61 cm )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Estate of Laurie Vance Johnson and Edward Dudley Hume Johnson
Object Number 
2001.102
Marks 
signed at lower right: Corbino
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. The painting was a 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