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Golden and Blue Bolero

Artist
Walt Kuhn, American, 1877–1949
Date
1946
Material
Oil on canvas
Associated with
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm)
framed: 31 1/2 × 27 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (80 × 69.9 × 6.4 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of John and Susan Horseman, in honor of Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
101:2019
NOTES
Bold strokes of red, orange, and yellow flicker across this man’s bolero vest and reflect in the shadows beneath his chin. The painting’s fiery, primary hues are at odds with its subject’s impassive expression. Walt Kuhn is renowned for his portraits of circus performers, as seen here. His figures are depicted frontally, holding a deadpan gaze contrary to their expected joyfulness. Though anonymous and mysterious, this man conveys a dignity and psychological presence often denied to itinerant performers.
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