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Fashion (Three Figures in Animal Skin Couture)

Justin McCarthy, American, 1892 - 1977

Made in United States, North and Central America

Date unknown

Oil on Masonite

Framed: 25 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches (64.1 x 64.1 x 4.4 cm)

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Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Nancy Green Karlins and Mark Thoman, 2003

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Justin McCarthy's subjects reflect a vibrant range of interests, and he sometimes drew his imagery from newspapers and magazines. He painted this work after a 1966 fashion photograph by William Claxton (American, born 1927) that showed three models wearing animal prints by revolutionary designer Rudi Gernreich (American, born Vienna, 1922-1985). Gernreich is best known for his wild combinations of bold colors and patterns and for his creation of the topless swimsuit.