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The Jazz Age

A work made of lithograph in black ink on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph in black ink on cream wove paper.


c. 1935


Carl Hoeckner
American, born Germany, 1883-1972

About this artwork

Associated both with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Hull House, Hoeckner here transformed a burlesque performance into a frightening scene of ghoulish patrons gawking at a performer’s striptease. The curvaceous woman smiles right back at the crowd as she tosses her underwear, while behind her is a compressed group of jazz musicians with generalized features and instruments. The orbs and jutting diagonal lines that cross the composition recall the solar system, a subject the artist turned to later in life.


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Carl Hoeckner


The Jazz Age


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1935


Lithograph in black ink on cream wove paper


Image: 26.7 × 40.5 cm (10 9/16 × 16 in.); Sheet: 29.3 × 43.9 cm (11 9/16 × 17 5/16 in.)

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Gift of Carl Hoeckner, Jr.

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