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Les Saltimbanques (The Entertainers)

A work made of wool and cotton; tapestry weave.

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  • A work made of wool and cotton; tapestry weave.




Designed by Liliane Badin (Belgian, 1929-2012)
Woven by Gaspard De Wit (1892–1971) at the Royal Tapestry Manufacturer (Koninklijke Manufactuur van Wandtapijten Gaspard De Wit) (Belgian, founded 1889)
Belgium, Mechelen

About this artwork

This tapestry features a variety of traveling street performers flanked by a well-dressed audience. Vertical forms predominate, and the elongated bodies of the figures, the patterning of their costumes, and the stripes of the tent all draw attention to the small cottages in the background. While the entertainers endeavor to delight the spectators, the horse and carriage in the background hint at the transitory character of their lives—and, in fact, the fleeting nature of life regardless of one’s circumstances.


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Liliane Badin (Designer)


Les Saltimbanques (The Entertainers)


Belgium (Object made in)

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Made 1959


Wool and cotton; tapestry weave


300.5 × 168.9 cm (118 1/4 × 66 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Garber

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