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The Magician in the Barn

Ludwig Knaus1862

Grohmann Museum at Milwaukee School of Engineering

Grohmann Museum at Milwaukee School of Engineering

Much like the sideshow performers in Knaus’ Behind the Scenes, the magician and his assistants (likely his children) travel from town to town plying their trade for the enjoyment of the assembled audience. Here, a group looks on in awe as the magician calls forth canaries from a man’s hat. The gentleman whose hat is used as a prop is likely the farmer or landowner; the host of the performance, surrounded by his neighbors, friends, and family. Following the performance, the magician and crew will load their cart and move on to the next stop.

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Details

  • Title: The Magician in the Barn
  • Creator: Ludwig Knaus
  • Date Created: 1862
  • Location: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 44 x 65 1/2 in.
  • External Link: Grohmann Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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