Jitterbugs (II)

  • William H. Johnson, Jitterbugs (II), ca. 1941, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.611

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William H. Johnson created four paintings of the jitterbug, a dance craze that came out of Harlem and made its way into America's "swing" culture just before the Second World War. Here, the woman dips dramatically into the arms of her partner so that the two figures become one shape of contrasting colors and patterns. Sharp angles and spiraling patterns on the floor and walls emphasize the fast, athletic pace of skilled dance partners.

Title
Jitterbugs (II)
Artist
Date
ca. 1941
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
24 x 15 3/8 in. (61.0 x 39.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Harmon Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – musical instrument – trumpet
  • Figure group
  • Recreation – dancing
  • Ethnic – African-American
Object Number
1967.59.611
Palette
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