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Study for "Carmen Jones"
Date: 1944
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Medium: Watercolor and graphite on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 5 x 6 3/4 in. (12.7 x 17.1 cm)
Description: A free study in reverse of dancing figures for the painting "Carmen Jones," based on the musical by Oscar Hammerstein the II, first performed in New York City in 1943.
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Laurie Vance Johnson and Edward Dudley Hume Johnson
Object Number: 2001.104
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Inscribed: Inscribed and signed at bottom in green watercolor: "[illegible]...Carmen Jones 'Happy Easter!' "

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The drawing was a gift from the artist to Edward Dudley Hume Johnson for Easter. It is a study in reverse for the oil on canvas painting in the collection (2001.102). Another drawing of a single figure in the collection is also related to the painting (2001.103).


Kleeman Galleries, New York City; Laurie Vance and E.D.H. Johnson, Princeton, New Jersey


"Drawn By New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings," New-York Historical Society, September 18, 2008–January 07, 2009.