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Clown

Fascinated by the circus and vaudeville, Walt Kuhn turned to the world of popular entertainment for much of his subject matter. In the 1940s, he possessed a press pass to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which granted him backstage access during performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Kuhn’s portraits of performers and clowns, usually seated before a plain background, reveal an intense psychological complexity not often associated with the world of entertainment.

Walt Kuhn
American, 1877‒1949
Clown
1948
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Charles Simon, 79.110

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