Waiting for the Parade

MARVIN CONE
Waiting for the Parade, oil on canvas, 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in., 1935

Currently on display, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Museum purchase, with gift of Winnifred Cone and Family, 83.7.10

Marvin Cone (1891-1965) was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, where in 1906 he began a lifelong friendship with Grant Wood.  He graduated from Coe College in 1914 and then studied for several years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  After serving in World War I, and then briefly studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montpellier, France, he returned to Cedar Rapids.  With the exception of a couple of trips abroad to improve his artistic skills and enjoy the French countryside, Cone spent the majority of his life in his hometown.  There, he taught art at Coe College for more than four decades, and although he never achieved great fame, he was highly respected by his contemporaries.

Marvin Cone's The Circus

Marvin Cone was relatively well known for his circus images, although he did not produce many.  Perhaps he was inspired by the annual visit of the circus in Cedar Rapids, which often manifested itself with large and lavish productions, such as the Joan of Arc themed pageant in August 1912 mounted by the Ringling Brothers Circus with more than 400 actors in period costumes.  (Incidentally, the Ringling brothers were originally from nearby McGregor, Iowa.)

Waiting for the Parade is part of The Circus gallery in the exhibition, "Marvin Cone: An American Master."  This exhibition is on view at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art through January 20, 2013.  For hours and admission fees, please visit the Museum's website.

Text and image from the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  Image © Estate of Marvin Cone.

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