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W16 Walker - ENGLISH 221 - Literature and Writing Outside the Classroom: Taking the Clown Seriously

A porcelain inkwell in the shape of a clown. The clown is sitting with his arms around his legs.  He is wearing a green costume with a light purple ruff, trimmed in black.
Artist Unknown
Harlequin Inkwell with porcelain clown, "D&P" 5406
4 5/16 in. x 2 3/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. ( 11 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm )
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
Marc Chagall
Musical Clown
four-color lithograph on paper
28 3/16 x 19 1/16 in. (71.5 x 48.3 cm);32 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (81.44 x 66.2 cm);28 3/16 x 19 11/16 in. (71.5 x 50 cm);26 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (66.2 x 45.9 cm)
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection
Children outside playing, a girl in front is wearing a clown costume and has a painted face.
Artist Unknown
black and white photograph on Kodak paper
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
Overall black, red, yellow, white and blue. Image of a clown leaning forward. There are two smaller figures facing him on either side.
Georgy Stenberg; Vladimir Stenberg
Death Loop
lithograph on buff wove paper, laid down on canvas
40 5/16 x 27 1/2 in. (102.24 x 69.85 cm);36 7/8 x 24 1/2 in. (93.66 x 62.23 cm)
Gift of James T. Van Loo
Jean Lurçat
color etching with hand-coloring on paper
13 7/8 in x 10 1/4 in (35.24 cm x 26.04 cm)
Bequest of Florence L. Stol
Andrée Ruellan
Circus Talk
graphite on white paper
9 3/4 in x 12 5/8 in (24.77 cm x 32.07 cm);9 3/4 in x 12 5/8 in (24.77 cm x 32.07 cm)
Museum Purchase
In this vertical print we see what is presumably a family group of harlequins. At the back is a tall man in a pointed hat, wearing a mask with an elongated nose, playing a guitar. In front of him is a seated woman breastfeeding a baby. Next to her is a young adult or a child standing and gesturing to her with his right hand. He is holding an instrument and wearing a diamond checkered costume. 
Gino Severini
Die Familie des Harlekin
lithograph on paper
12 in x 8 1/16 in (30.5 cm x 20.5 cm);22 in x 18 in (55.88 cm x 45.72 cm);18 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in (46.3 cm x 29.8 cm)
Museum Purchase
Francisco del Campo
Performing Dogs at the Circus
oil on canvas
19 15/16 in x 41 9/16 in (50.64 cm x 105.57 cm);25 1/2 in x 47 in (64.77 cm x 119.38 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
Russell Limbach
lithograph on paper
12 ⅞ in x 8 ¾ in (32.7 cm x 22.23 cm)
Allocated by the U.S. Government Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Los Proverbios (also known as "Los Disparates"), plate 14: Alegrias antruejo, que mañana seras ceniza ("Rejoice, carnival, for tomorrow thou wilt be ashes") or Disparate de carnabal (Carnival folly)
aquatint and etching on paper
9 5/8 in x 13 3/4 in (24.45 cm x 34.92 cm);18 in x 22 in (45.72 cm x 55.88 cm);8 1/4 in x 12 11/16 in (20.96 cm x 32.23 cm);9 5/8 in x 13 3/4 in (24.45 cm x 34.92 cm);11 3/4 in x 17 1/16 in (29.85 cm x 43.34 cm)
Transfer from the University Library
Augustus Peck
etching on paper
9 15/16 in x 5 1/16 in (25.24 cm x 12.86 cm);9 15/16 in x 5 1/16 in (25.24 cm x 12.86 cm)
Allocated by the U.S. Government Commissioned through the New Deal art projects
This ink drawing on paper has a black wash ground, with two figures drawn in opaque black ink. On the right, a comic figure, in only boxers and a pointed hat, dances. His right leg has been kicked through a television set that he holds with his right hand. Scissors fall from his left hand towards what looks like a two-slot toaster on the ground. A black, horned beast lurks in the background, holding a phone overhead that has two earpieces, attached together with no cradle.  In the background, a headstone-shaped form silhouettes the dancing figure.<br /><br />
The drawing is signed and dated in ink (l.l.) "KOSTABI 1984".
Mark Kostabi
As Long as I Don't Have to Get Up Before 11:00
ink on paper
24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 45.72 cm)
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the Nation Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services


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