Scene design for Under the Highway in West Side Story

Maker and role
Artist: Oliver Smith, American, 1918-1994
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Object detail

Watercolor and graphite on paper
15 1/2 x 22 1/2in (39.4 x 57.2cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Theatre production
Musical with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein, and libretto by Arthur Laurents. Produced at the Winter Garden Theatre, New York, 1957.
Further information
Smith used exaggerated perspective and deep shadows to create a sense of foreboding for the scene in which the Jets and Sharks "rumble" with fatal consequences.
Saturday Review; Dec 12, 1964, p. 27
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 188
An Eye for the Stage; William J. Chiego, Jody Blake (American, b.1953); 2004; p. 59
Docent information sheet
V:\Object Documentation\Theatre Arts\TL1999.314 Smith\Saturday Review 1964.pdf


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