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Bull at Topsfield Fair


Jon Corbino (American, 1905 - 1964)

Few artists enjoyed capturing the energy and excitement—and sometimes the tragedy—of life in America as much as Jon Corbino. His paintings depict fairs, circuses, parties, and even floods, earthquakes and skirmishes, in the figurative style preferred by his fellow painters of the American scene. The primary subject of The Mint Museum’s painting is the containment of a bull that has gotten loose at a fair. Yet equally as engaging is the way in which Corbino has recorded the wide range of reactions that this event has provoked in the fairgoers, even relieving the potentially dangerous outcome of such an event with the inclusion of the naked bottom of an infant who is being swept out of the bull’s path by its mother.

Place object was created: United States

oil paint, canvas

Measurements:    frame height: 37.75 inches    frame width: 47.75 inches    smallest height: 30 inches    smallest width: 40 inches    frame depth: 1.625 inches

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Speizman 1955.5

Not currently on view