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Circus Comes to Town

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Circus Comes to Town

c. 1930-1940
20th Century
19 x 24 in. (48.3 x 61 cm)

Beatrice Levy, American, (1892–1974)

Object Type: DRAWINGS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Purchased with funds provided by the Art Angels
Accession Number: 15-D-462
Label from American Originals: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2015 through March 4, 2016:

Originally from Chicago, Levy took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago; then in 1915 she traveled to Provincetown and New York City where she studied printmaking. In the 1930s she worked for the Illinois Art Project of the WPA, which is where she probably painted Circus Comes to Town. The subject of the traveling circus was popular among American Scene painters and was illustrative of the historical shift that took place after World War I, as American artists turned inward to portray scenes of American life which were relevant to and appreciated by their American audiences, including Americans living in rural areas of the Midwest.
Current Location: In Storage


- American Originals: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collectio
n, Curated by Dr. Klare Scarborough and La Salle University Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Catherine Holochwost, December 16, 2015 through March 4, 2016.

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