At the Hippodrome

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1915

Artist:

Gifford Beal
American, 1879–1956

About this artwork

Gifford Beal depicted life’s exuberant side, focusing on festive places such as the circus, where many people spent their leisure time. Here performers rehearse and a stage crew prepares the set for the evening show. Together the vivid colors of the uniforms, the exaggerated stances of the horses and the trombone player, and the dramatic stage lights convey the circus’s popular pageantry. The empty seats and trapeze bars suggest the excitement to come, when spectators and acrobats fill the theater.

On View

American Art, Gallery 272

Artist

Gifford Beal

Title

At the Hippodrome

Origin

United States

Date

1915

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower center: Gifford Beal 15

Dimensions

88.6 × 118.8 cm (34 7/8 × 46 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1182

Extended information about this artwork

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