[Charleston on the Bauhaus Roof]

Artist: T. Lux Feininger (American (born Germany), Berlin 1910–2011 Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Date: 1927

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 8.4 x 11.4 cm (3 5/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.1100.107

Rights and Reproduction: © T. Lux Feininger


The Charleston, a fast-paced American jazz dance, swept through Europe after Josephine Baker introduced it to Parisian audiences in the Revue Nègre in 1925. The surprisingly tilted frame of this photograph suggests that, like the dancer (Xanti Schawinsky) and his accompanist (Clemens Röseler), the photographer too had become infected with the music's swinging rhythms.