Ladies of the Chariots (Ces Dames des chars)
Ladies of the Chariots (Ces Dames des chars), 1883-1885
Oil on canvas
146.1 x 100.7 cm (57 1/2 x 39 5/8 inches)
Gift of Mr. Walter Lowry 58.186
(August 1, 2014 – February 22, 2015)
Clad in shimmering scales and diadems, the elegant charioteers in Ladies of the Chariots were called amazones, so named for the strength needed to hold the reins from a standing position. These women raced horses at top speed around the interior track of the Hippodrome de l’Alma, an enormous iron and glass structure built in Paris in 1877.
Tissot places the viewer at an unusual vantage point, not in the stands with the rest of the audience but on the track, perilously close to the performers, heightening the risk involved in their act. He also takes great care to highlight the architectural and technological features of the Hippodrome, including the partly retractable ceiling and the electric lights, which enabled evening performances.(April 23 –June 30, 1970)
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
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