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Two Acrobats
Chaim Gross

pencil, crayon, and
chalk on paper
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
Smithsonian Institution
Gift of the artist through the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1974
With permission from the
Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

Throughout his career, Gross often returned to the same subject in his art, as may be seen by comparing this drawing to his 1932 relief Acrobatic Performers. The sculpture has a more rectangular outer definition that conforms to the original shape of the three-board panel. In the drawing, Gross first drew a faint circular outline on the paper and then composed the figures within it; the result is a more curvilinear composition overall.

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