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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Anne Harriet Fish (1890–1964). [Dancing couples, no. 1]. Cover for Vanity Fair, March 1920. Ink, watercolor, and gouache, with painted overlays. Gift and bequest from Caroline and Erwin Swann, 1977. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (025.00.00)

Change in the Air

Anne Harriet Fish's depiction of women and men pressed closely together, torso to torso, while bounding across space conveys the physical exhilaration of dance. Such visual exuberance fits a new dynamic in social relations between the sexes and invites readers to explore the magazine's contents. Designing more than 30 cover designs for Vanity Fair, Fish also created elegant cartoon, caricature, and illustration drawings that were published in other magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan.