Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'Hiver

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1879

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

Painted during Sargent’s student years in Paris, Rehearsal ofthe Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d’Hiver epitomizes the energy of the artist’s early experiments with Impressionism.Vigorous brushwork, skewed perspective, and tonal control synthesize the visual and aural perception of the scene. Paint is freely handled, with little concern for the rendering of detail. The clowns in the foreground burst with color and allude to the dual purpose of the Cirque d’Hiver—a site where popular and high culture seamlessly converged. Jules Etienne Pasdeloup conducted rehearsals of his orchestra, free to the public, at the Cirque d’Hiver on Sunday afternoons.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'Hiver

Origin

Paris

Date

1874–1884

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "To G Henschel / John S. Sargent"

Dimensions

93 × 73 cm (36 5/8 × 28 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous loan

Reference Number

81.1972

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