Circular Motion, ca.1936
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Original lithograph, signed in pencil lower right
10 x 13.50 in
In this lithograph, Georges Schreiber focused on the thrill of the circus, taking its circular composition from the central ring. Here, acrobats perform amazing feats of agility on the backs of a whorl of galloping horses. Schreiber made several prints of circus scenes, exemplifying the American zeitgeist for these traveling spectacles. When Schreiber came to the United States from his native Belgium, he started working in a regionalist style, and was especially influenced by Thomas Hart Benton in his images of American heartland. Insofar as his circus images show American pastimes, they fall in line with the larger themes of Regionalism, but at the same time they are divorced from Regionalism's gritty realism. Instead, these images show the circus as another world — as spaces where fantasy can offer a reprieve from the struggle of the Great Depression 10 x 13.5 inches, artwork 19 x 22 inches, frame Signed in pencil, lower right Published by the Associated American Artists Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting with a 1/4-inch bevel, Museum Glass, and a silver gilded moulding.