Portrait of Beth Beri in Motion
Beth Beri was a dancer who appeared in two musical revues (Jack and Jill in 1923) and (Rufus LaMaire's Affairs in 1927). She was in the very successful musical comedy Kids Boots from 1923 to 1925. In this image made in 1920, her striking figure is posed in a composite stance. While her face remains mostly in shadow, her body is highlighted by an intricately designed oriental rug hung on the wall. A ginger jar placed by her right foot gleams in the light. She stands with her left foot on tippy-toe behind her right foot and parallel to her right arm. She reaches her left arm across her body and it gently grazes her right hip. She wears a dark spaghetti-strap romper with lace insets at the thighs.