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

Free rehearsals of the classical concerts conducted by Jules-Étienne Pasdeloup were a popular event in late-19th-century Paris. John Singer Sargent attended the performances, drawing inspiration from the “odd picturesqueness”—as a fellow artist put it—of the steep view from the upper seats. This composition shows Sargent’s perceptive use of Impressionist techniques to depict modern, urban subjects. He employed thin, abbreviated brushstrokes to capture the rich atmosphere and graphic qualities of the amphitheater’s architecture, the musicians, their sheet music and instruments, and the circus performers gathered in the foreground.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'Hiver

Origin

Paris

Date

1879

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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