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Ring Gymnast No. 2, 1912

  • Eugene Jansson, Swedish, 1862-1915

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 75 1/4 × 79 5/8 inches (191.1 × 202.2 cm)
  • 82 1/2 × 87 × 1 3/4 inches (209.6 × 221 × 4.4 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund



European Painting

The extraordinary position of the figure creates an abstract composition in this large painting based on sketches of sailors working out in a Stockholm bathhouse. By his use of thinly brushed paint applied directly from the tube and by outlining the figure in blue, Jansson further abstracts the dramatic presentation of the foreshortened arching figure in an athletic pose that seems to defy gravity.

Signed and dated, lower right: EugeneJansson | 1912

Estate of the Artist

1983, (Julian Hartnoll, London, England)

(Peter Nahum, London, England)

1990-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Norstedt & Soner. 1920, catalogue raisonne no. 136, ill. p. 129. Wollin, N. G. Eugène Janssons Maleri. Stockholm, 1928, pp. 129, 187, cat. 136, repr. London, Mason's Yard, Julian Hartnoll. "Eugène Jansson The Bath-house Period Badhusperioden", Sept. 26-October 14, 1983, (unpaginated), cat. 7, repr.

Eugene Jansson, Ring Gymnast No. 2, 1912, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund, 1990.291.