Posing Movie Star Holding on for Freedom

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    Photo: Dan Jurgens
Watercolor and pencil on paper
30 x 22 inches
Collection of
National Gallery of Art
Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

The "posing movie star" figure, subject of numerous Dial works on paper, acknowledges woman's ability to use her physical attributes as a form of power. The woman in this work holds a blue bird and a large-chested red tiger. A favorite Dial theme—that the American woman's primary goal is the achievement of equality—is thus reiterated.