STRIPPERS AND BURLESQUES

In Cummings' poetry of the 1920s, the reader can find many references to dance halls, burlesque, and the music of the era. According to a curatorial essay by Frank Gettings, Cummings "considered burlesque, like the Parisian revue, an art form" and regularly attended such revues as Concert-Mayol, Casino de Paris, Moulin Rouge, and the Folies-Bergere. Included here is a striking and powerful series of oil paintings of strippers and exotic dancers onstage, as well as burlesque performers such as Jimmy Savo, who also appears in a well-known poem by Cummings. In all, there are more than two dozen paintings of the burlesque era of the 1920s and '30s, or drawings of dancing couples and personalities rendered in the "Dial-style" for which Cummings was so famous.


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