Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando

Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando, (Francisca and Angelina Wartenberg), 1879
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919
Oil on canvas, 51 3/4 x 39 1/8 in. (131.5 x 99.5 cm)
Inscribed at lower left: Renoir
Potter Palmer Collection, ARTIC #1922.440
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

(From info card)
"One of four permanent circuses in Paris, the Cirque Fernando opened in Montmartre in 1875, attracting an enthusiastic following that included members of the Impressionist circle. Pierre-August Renoir's painting features Francisca Wartenberg (left) and her sister, Angelina (right), members of an itinerant German acrobatic troupe. Ages 17 and 14, respectively, the girls take their bows after a performance, gathering up the tissue-wrapped oranges tossed to them as tributes by the members of the audience."