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.

The Acrobat
Artist Life
Accession Number
(Galerie Stangl, Munich); sold to MIA, 1969.
Catalogue Raisonne
Söhn 279 a/b; Heckmanns 167
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