20th Century
The Flapper Girl

Graphite on paper
Image size: 13 1/2 x 8 inches (34.25 x 20.25 cm)
Contemporary style frame


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This is a sensitively drafted portrait of a nude lady, who is presented in the style of a flapper girl. Flappers were a subculture of young Western women in the 1920 who wore bobbed hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behaviour.

Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes in public, driving automobiles, treating sex in a casual manner, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. Flappers are icons of the Roaring Twenties, a period of postwar social and political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange, as well as of the export of American jazz culture to Europe.