I'm pretty obsessed with this small drawing/painting, including for the fact that I really can't pin it down. I know that it came from a portfolio of drawings dated 1929; there is a very similar drawing I'm listing separately dated 1929, and another from the same group signed JK (or perhaps KJ).
The elegant, lyrical, definitely Art Deco influenced graphic style in which these three decidedly modern looking women are rendered reminds me of the watercolors of Pueblo artist Awa Tsireh from the same period (if you're not familiar, look them up, they are fantastic!) minus the traditional dress. Perhaps Latin or South American? Flappers? In any event, from their perfectly parted jet black hair, to their beautiful, flushed faces, to the terrific echoing lines of their bodies (and especially those elbows!), to their very contemporary-looking v-necks and trousers in great shades of yellow, green and purple, I think they're really fantastic and believe I'd never tire of looking at them!
Ink and watercolor on wove paper mounted to a heavier weight brown backing paper. Overall dimensions 5" x 7". Paper size of drawing only: 4 3/8" x 6 3/8". Very good condition, super bright and crisp. Pictured last is the dated companion drawing mentioned above, listed separately.