The Circus

  • Albina Felski, The Circus, 1971, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.108

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Albina Felski often took almost a year to complete one painting, carefully working from the top to the bottom of a large canvas without making any sketches. This painting shows a chaotic eight-ring circus with almost every imaginable act taking place simultaneously, from dancing bears and trapeze artists to an animal tamer in a cage full of leopards. Felski was probably inspired by a childhood trip to the circus, and managed to cram all of her colorful, jumbled memories into one painting.

Title
The Circus
Artist
Date
1971
On View
Dimensions
48 x 48 1/4 in. (122.0 x 122.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
acrylic on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – lion
  • Performing arts – circus – acrobat
  • Performing arts – circus – animal tamer
  • Performing arts – circus – clown
  • Animal – zebra
  • Recreation – carnival
Object Number
1986.65.108
Palette
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