Modern and Contemporary Art
Fashion (Three Figures in Animal Skin Couture)Made in United States, North and Central America
Justin McCarthy, American, 1892 - 1977
Oil on Masonite
Currently not on view
2003-151-2125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Nancy Green Karlins and Mark Thoman, 2003
LabelJustin 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.