Walt Kuhn (1877–1949)
Known for his psychologically penetrating depictions of circus performers, Walt Kuhn drew upon his own experience as a traveling entertainer to create his body of work. Kuhn crisscrossed the country as a professional side-show bicycle racer before studying art in Paris and Munich. After moving to New York, he gained critical recognition for his colorful, vigorous, and technically-innovative paintings. He taught at the New York School of Art and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Academy of Design, among other institutions. Today, his work can also be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.