Wrestlers in a Circus

Wrestlers in a Circus

1909

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

(German, 1880-1938)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 107.5 x 121 x 7 cm (42 5/16 x 47 5/8 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 80.5 x 94 cm (31 11/16 x 37 in.)

Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art and Bequest of William R. Valentiner 1966.49

Description

Locked in a dangerous embrace, beefy wrestlers writhe on a brightly colored mat. Famous for his scenes of urban life, Kirchner uses loose brushstrokes to capture the blur of bodies in motion. Imagine watching this intense match, surrounded by screaming spectators.

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