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Anthony J. Sisti (1901-1983), Circus, 1934; oil on canvas, Overall: 59 1/2 x 72 in. (151.1 x 182.9 cm) Frame: 66 1/4 x 78 1/4 in. (168.3 x 198.8 cm); Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Tony Sisti, 1979

Anthony J. Sisti (1901-1983), Circus, 1934; oil on canvas, Overall: 59 1/2 x 72 in. (151.1 x 182.9 cm) Frame: 66 1/4 x 78 1/4 in. (168.3 x 198.8 cm); Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Tony Sisti, 1979

Tony Sisti’s large oil, Circus, is an example of a Works Projects Administration (WPA) commission that many Art Institute of Buffalo artists received.  It was created as a mural design for what was then called the crippled children’s auditorium at City Hospital.  The mural no longer exists.  The charm of a colorful circus performance by healthy, lively horses would have brightened the spirits of young patients.