The Acrobat, 1921

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Conrad Felixmüller came to prominence in Germany in the late 1910s when the emotional intensity of Expressionism began to give way to a more objective vision of modern life. The Acrobat depicts a female trapeze artist who poses for the artist while a clown steals her spot on the trapeze and swings over her head, much to the delight of the crowd behind them. Felixmüller seemed drawn to the circus, a separate realm where the bizarre and unusual were commonplace. Indeed, this topsy-turvy world seemed an apt metaphor for the chaotic conditions that wracked German society in the wake of World War I.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
The Acrobat
Artist Life
1897–1977
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.69.161
Provenance
(Galerie Stangl, Munich); sold to MIA, 1969.
Catalogue Raisonne
Söhn 279 a/b; Heckmanns 167
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