History And Context


Beal explored the circus theme throughout his life. His son remembers his father and uncle (Reynolds Beal) following the circus around the North Shore area each year. Center Ring received critical attention when first shown in Washington in 1927.

More Works by Gifford Beal In the Collection


The Promenade
Gifford Beal
1922
On the Hudson at Newburgh
Gifford Beal
1918
Stone Cutter
Gifford Beal
not dated

Ten soldiers
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920

Woman's profile masked by her purple hat
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Profile of woman reading
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Fishbucket
Gifford Beal
not dated