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Center Ring

Gifford Beal ( 1922 )

Collection item 0098
  • Period Twentieth-Century
  • Materials Oil on canvas
  • Object Number 0098
  • Dimensions 22 x 26 1/8 in.; 55.88 x 66.3575 cm
  • Credit Line Acquired 1922; © The Estate of Gifford Beal, courtesy of Kraushaar Galleries, New York.

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.