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Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show On Earth Stravinsky Balanchine Ballet

£550.00

Rare original vintage circus advertising poster for The Greatest Show On Earth – Presents Its 50 Famous Elephants With Beautiful Girls In An Original Ballet Composed By Igor Stravinsky Staged By George Balanchine – Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey. Great artwork by one of the most renowned poster artists of the 20th century Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) featuring two elephants in pink ballet tutu skirts dancing next to a lady in a blue outfit ballet dancing on an American blue, red and white styled circus drum reading Buy Defense Bonds on it, set against a black background lit up by a yellow spotlight with white stars and a blue shade behind the elephant dancers on a white platform, the stylised lettering above and below. The Greatest Show On Earth travelling circus show was created by the merger of the Ringling Brothers (founded 1884) and Barnum & Bailey Circus (founded 1871) in 1919, closing in 2017. This 1942 Holidays circus performance featuring elephant dancers in tutus and ballet dancers was choreographed by George Balanchine (1904-1983; founder of the American School of Ballet) to music composed by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) under the management of John Ringling North (1903-1985). Horizontal. Good condition, tape marks on corners, light staining on margins, Property Of ink stamps in the image, backed on linen.

Country
USA
Year
1942
Style
Advertising Posters
Artist
Edward McKnight Kauffer
Size (cm)
49x71.5
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