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The White Circus Horse

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Jon Corbino, The White Circus Horse, 1937-1938, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Slatin, © artist or other rights holder, 55.255

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Title

The White Circus Horse

Artist

Jon Corbino (American, 1905-1964)

Date

1937-1938

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

30 in x 40 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: lower right: Jon Corbino

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Slatin

Accession Number

55.255

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

canvas

horse

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Description

Jon Corbino was born in Sicily and came to the United States in 1911, surviving an earthquake and a hurricane at sea during the journey. Although he would often choose natural disasters as subjects, many critics have suggested that the sense of underlying chaos in most all of his paintings derives from this early traumatic exposure to the power of nature. He began painting at age 13, receiving his training at the Ethical Cultural School and the Art Students League in New York. Corbino painted a wide range of subjects, including religious scenes, but his most popular works were images of classic American amusements: picnics, family outings and circuses. Like the Venitian Renaissance painters he admired, Corbino’s works are filled with palpable tension and energy and painted with brilliant colors that lend his subjects heightened drama and scale.

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