KELLY FEARING (American, 1918-2011). Jitterbuggers, 1939. Watercolor on paper. 20-3/8 x 16-1/2 inches (51.8 x 41.9 cm). ...
Watercolor on paper
20-3/8 x 16-1/2 inches (51.8 x 41.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: K Fearing / 39
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, "Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s", February 16-May 11, 2008 (label verso).
Scott Grant Barker and Jane Myers, Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 2008, p. 79, with a detail used as a frontispiece for one of the main interior sections of the catalog.
Kelly Fearing's quest to depict challenging visual compositions is superbly demonstrated in Jitterbuggers (1939). Painted when Fearing was about twenty-one years old, Jitterbuggers is one of Fearing's most entertaining and successful early works. Differing levels of physicality, improvisation, and spacing among the four couples provided Fearing with four distinctly different tableaus-in-motion. The well-worn dance floor provided a test of balance for artist and dancers alike. What was commonly shared by these young dancers and by Fearing was their unbridled and infectious Saturday night exuberance. The party was well underway and everyone there was just getting started. All of these elements are captured in a carefully constructed snapshot.
In 1941, Fearing returned to the theme of Saturday night dancers with an ambitious oil painting called Maneuvers, a depiction of a USO nighttime street dance in Ruston, Louisiana.
Condition Report*:Scattered light handling creases visible on the extreme edges; otherwise visibly in good condition; not examined outside of frame. Framed under plexi-glass. Framed Dimensions 31 X 25 Inches
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