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Portrait of Beth Beri with Smokey Vase
Beth Beri was a dancer who appeared in two musical revues, "Jack and Jill" (1923) and "Rufus LaMaire's Affairs" (1927). Between those gigs, she performed in the musical comedy "Kid Boots" (1923) which was successful enough to be produced in print and on Broadway. In this portrait Beri is positioned kneeling towards an open vase that appears to have smoke rising from its opening. Beri is attired in an off shoulder full length dark dress with pattern top and diaphanous skirt. Beri's attire is accentuated with a rope belt that cinches her bodice, double strand beaded necklace and dark head scarf. The backdrop is an exotic flora and fauna print. An atmosphere of mysticism is created in this photographic scene.