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John Sloan
Travelling Carnival, Santa Fe
1924
oil
30 1/4 x 36 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Cyrus McCormick



In this lively carnival scene, a crowded carousel spins in the foreground and a Ferris wheel brightens the nighttime sky. The warm, inviting light and distant midway tents attract a wide spectrum of Santa Fe society—black-garbed Spanish matrons, romantic cowboys, cloche-hatted flappers, and carefree children all enjoy the festive evening.