"Wagon "97" 1937
"Wagon "97" 1937

Oil on panel. 48 x 31 inches. This work by REW won the Julius Hallgarten Prize in 1938 at the National Academy of Design. Weaver was the youngest artist to win this prize. It was painted while REW was living in New York's Greenwich Village. Formerly in the collections of Paul Kollsman, and Andrew Crispo. Exhibited and sold by Spanierman Galleries, New York, NY in 2003 as part of the gallery's exhibition The Spirit of America: American Art from 1829 to 1970 (private collection) #W245

"Next Up" 1937
"Next Up" 1937

Oil on panel. 60 x 36 inches. Also known as Back Door. This was the tying entry for the 1937 John Armstrong Chaloner Paris Prize. "A visit with my friends the Loyal-Repensky Family on the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus." (Private collection of Robert L. and Ellen E. Haan) #W7

"Riding Clowns" 1937
"Riding Clowns" 1937

Egg Tempera on panel. 33.5 x 27.5 inches. This work was a supplemental entry for the Chaloner Paris Prize in 1937. The work also was know as A Night At The Circus. REW painted this work to accompany the winning entry, The Repensky Riders. (Private collection of Robert L. and Ellen E. Haan.) #32

"Those Riding Hannefords" 1938
"Those Riding Hannefords" 1938

Oil on panel, 64 x 51.5 inches. Exhibited by the invitation of R.J. McKinney, director, division of American painting at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, CA. Chosen for exhibition 200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy at the Indiana State Museum, 2016. (Collection of the International Circus Hall of Fame.) #W236

"Circus Girl In Her Dressing Tent" 1939 (NFS)
"Circus Girl In Her Dressing Tent" 1939 (NFS)

Oil on canvas. 22.5" x 26.5" This work was exhibited by invitation at the Pennsylvania Academy Exhibition beginning on January 29, 1939. #1501 on back of work. #W39.

"Gracie" 1939
"Gracie" 1939

Egg tempera on panel. 67" x 55" – During the summer of 1936 REW traveled with the Ringling circus. Among the many performers he got to know was the famed Riding Hanneford family. He was particularly impressed by Gracie Hanneford daughter of the great Edwin "Poodles" Hanneford. This work is his homage to the performer. #W86

"Hillcrest Gate" 1976
"Hillcrest Gate" 1976

Oil on panel. 53.5 x 53.5 inches. Awarded the Indiana Artist Club Award at the 44th Indiana Artists Club 44th Exhibition. Also exhibited in one-man-show Indiana State Museum 1977-78. (private collection) #42

"Lou Jacobs and Knucklehead" c. 1980
"Lou Jacobs and Knucklehead" c. 1980

Oil on panel. Signed lower right R. Weaver. Pare of a series of large portraits of some of the circuses greatest clowns. Here Low Jacobs poses with his little dog Knucklehead dressed as a rabbit. The two were inseparable. (collection of the International Circus Hall of Fame, Peru, Indiana. Gift of the artist) W133

"Steeplechase" c. 1983 *
"Steeplechase" c. 1983 *

Acrylic on panel. 41.5 x 31.75 inches. Hagenbeck-Wallace poster on barn with fence posts that actually existed at the old Hagenbeck-Wallace circus winter quarters in Peru, IN. #196

"Stars and Stripes Forever" 1972
"Stars and Stripes Forever" 1972

Acrylic on panel. 46.75 x 38.75 inches. This work won the Indiana Federation of Art Clubs Merit Award at the 49th Annual Hoosier Salon, 1973, and exhibited at the artist's one-man-show at the Indiana State Museum 9/77—2/78. #W216

 

"Crash" c. 1930
"Crash" c. 1930

Oil on board. 8 x 9 inches. This small painting by REW is probably one of his first dealing with the subject of auto racing in the midwestern United States. It depicts the high banked dirt track at Winchester, IN. REW was probably still in his teens when he painted this action packed image. #475

"White Riders" c. 1986*
"White Riders" c. 1986*

Acrylic on panel. 36 x 28 inches. A later work by REW. Performers anticipating their entrance into the arena was a fascinating thing to REW. He wondered what they may have been thinking in preparation for their performance. This work is akin to James Abbott McNeill Whistler's, Symphony in White No. 1: The White Girl. #W250

"The Butchering" 1947*
"The Butchering" 1947*

Oil on panel. 30 x 40 inches. Accepted by the National Academy of Design for its 123rd Annual Exhibition in 1949. Also shown at the 24th Annual Hoosier Salon. Indianapolis, Indiana, and L. S. Ayres & Company, "75th Anniversary Art Exhibition," November 1947 (Second Prize, $750, Edward Hopper, juror). Represented for purchase by Eckert & Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN. #W28

"Daniel"  1952
"Daniel" 1952

Oil on panel. 57.5 x 31.25 inches. Exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries, NYC in 1952. Exhibited that same year at the 45th Annual Indiana Artists Club exhibition at the John Herron Art Museum, Indianapolis. Also was the inspiration for the concerto for horns and orchestra by James Beckel, In the Mind's Eye. The concerto was premiered in on May 14 & 15, 2010 by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. #W52

"Skipping the Loop" c. 1985*
"Skipping the Loop" c. 1985*

Oil on panel. 36x23.5 inches. A classic feat of the bareback rider's repertoire performed chiefly by lady equestrians. #W210

"Grand Entry" 1985 *
"Grand Entry" 1985 *

Oil on panel. 37 x 49 inches. Also known as Prima Donna. This work portrays the opening spectacle of an American circus performance. #W89

"Hammer Man" 1987
"Hammer Man" 1987

Oil on panel. 36x23.5 inches. This image by REW depicts the arrival, and set-up of the great Sells Floto Circus tent in stormy weather. No matter what, the show had to go on, and on time. The traveling circus of the age was a symphony of man and beast. #119

"Gavioli's Dream" 1978*
"Gavioli's Dream" 1978*

Acrylic on panel. 53.325 x 37.5 inches. This fantasy work by REW celebrates the work of Gavioli and Co. One of the premier makers of carnival band organs. Gavioli can been seen looking at you from between the legs of the two ladies at the base of the sculpture. #W80

"Otto With Tuba" 1968 *
"Otto With Tuba" 1968 *

Oil on panel. 28 1/2 x 52 5/8 inches. A portrait painted in tribute to the great German born clown, Otto Griebling. Awarded the Mrs. Donald M. Mattison Award at the Indiana Artists Club 38th Annual Exhibition. Also exhibited 9/25/77-1/15/78 at the artist's solo exhibition at the Indiana State Museum. #W157  This work is now available as a Giclee print. Please visit the Giclee Prints page on this website.

"Glory Road" 1969*
"Glory Road" 1969*

Acrylic on panel. A southern baptism is illustrated here, inspired by the artist's travel in the southern states. Shown at the 1969 Hoosier Salon. #W85

"Roustabouts" 1940
"Roustabouts" 1940

Oil on board. 42.75 x 36 inches. Circus "roughnecks" (laborers) napping between performances. (collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery, Peru, IN.) #W196

"Still Life (after Jan Fyt)" c. 1984*
"Still Life (after Jan Fyt)" c. 1984*

Oil on panel. signed R. Weaver After: Jan Fyt lower right. REW was always striving to improve his painting skill and in the 1980's painted this picture after the Flemish Baroque painter Jan Fyt. REW called it "an exercise." The original Fyt painting is in the Huntington Gallery and is much larger. #W223

"Baggage Stock" 1985
"Baggage Stock" 1985

Oil on panel. 45 x 29.5 inches. The Baggage Stock would aid in the loading and unloading of circus wagons to and from the trains. (private collection) #121

"Spinnakers" 1989*
"Spinnakers" 1989*

Acrylic on panel. 34 x 24 inches. This work was inspired by hurricane "Gloria" which effected the east coast of the United States in 1985. REW and his family had just recently moved to North Carolina and experienced their first hurricane. #W277

"Poodles" c. 1983 *
"Poodles" c. 1983 *

Oil on panel. 58 x 57 inches. This is a large scale work by REW depicting the great Hanneford riding family. "Poodles" (Edwin Richard) Hanneford is seen here performing his famed comic falling off the horse stunt. His mother "Nana" is seen to the right in black. #W166

"Kamikaze" (c. 1944)*
"Kamikaze" (c. 1944)*

Oil on canvas. One of the few works painted by REW during WWII. The subject is a rescued Japanese fighter pilot. (un-numbered)

"Still Life" c. 1986 *
"Still Life" c. 1986 *

Oil on panel. Done in the manner of German painter Severin Roesen (1816-1872). This was an "exercise" in still life tradition for REW. REW was always interested in improving his skill as a painter. It was painted to adorn the family's restaurant in New Bern, NC. #W224

"Spring Hats" 1949*
"Spring Hats" 1949*

Oil on panel. 28.75 x 22.75 inches. This is a wonderful example of REW's outstanding ability with color and composition. The subject pictured were in the millinery department of the William H. Block Co. of Indianapolis, IN. The work was exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries, NYC and  the Hoosier Salon Exhibition 1/19—2/10/1951 #101 This work is now available as a Giclee print. Please visit the Giclee Prints page on this website.

"The Blind Men and The Elephant" c. 1972-1984
"The Blind Men and The Elephant" c. 1972-1984

Acrylic on panel. 78 x 56 inches. This large work was inspired by the poem by John Godfrey Saxe. It was painted over a period of one decade. (private collection) #191

"Lost Parade" 1966
"Lost Parade" 1966

Acrylic on panel. 39 x 31 inches. This is a very important work in that it was the beginning of a new direction for REW. REW recalled the wagons of the American Circus Corporation being piled-up and burned, or left to rot in fields outside of his hometown of Peru, IN, in the 1930's. Awarded Best In Show at the 1966 Indiana State Fair exhibiton. #W130

"Shine Emporium" (began in 1953 finished 1980's)
"Shine Emporium" (began in 1953 finished 1980's)

Acrylic on panel. 36 x 25.75 inches. Old fashioned shoe-shine emporium. (private collection of John Oliva and Nancy Krant) #114

"Boy and Cycles" 1951
"Boy and Cycles" 1951

Oil on panel. 41 x 37.25 inches. This work appeared in Good Housekeeping Magazine, February, 1961, page 111.  (Collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery) #W21

"Conversation" 1950
"Conversation" 1950

Oil on panel. Also known as Scrub Women. The strong features and geometry of this work are typical of REW's post war works. He was involved with mural painting at this time which may have informed the style of this work. (Collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery) #W198

"The Ironer" 1946
"The Ironer" 1946

Oil on canvas. 55 x 43 inches. This work was awarded the first prize as the Outstanding Entry in the Fine Arts Exhibition of the 1946 Indiana State Fair. The Indianapolis Star Newspaper remarked, "High point of the judging was the awarding of a $100 special premium to Robert Weaver of Peru for his oil figure (Chinese Laundryman) The Ironer." (private collection) #W106

"Circus Poster" 1954
"Circus Poster" 1954

Oil on panel. 40 x 24 inches. Also referred to as Eternal May. Entered in the 22nd Indiana Artists Club Exhibition. (collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art) #W43

"Unus" 1955
"Unus" 1955

Oil on panel. 38.75 x 24 inches. Unus performed his illusionary one finger ball balance with Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus. (collection of Mark E. Weaver) #5

"Back Door" 1939
"Back Door" 1939

Oil on panel. 34 x 30 1/8 inches. Dated Nov. 15, 1939 on the reverse. Sold at Sotheby's Auction House, October 2, 2014. (private collection) See the "Drawings" menu to see the graphite study sketch for this work which is available for purchase.

"Doc Kieley" c. 1980*
"Doc Kieley" c. 1980*

Oil on panel. 48.125 x 30 inches. The subject was one of the great clowns on the Ringling Circus at the turn of the 20th century. This large portrait is one of a series of famous clowns of the circus executed by REW. #57 

"Statue Man" 1954
"Statue Man" 1954

Oil on panel. 41 x 34.625 inches. Dressed all in white, acrobats would create the illusion of moving statuary in the circus arena. Also called "Adagio," performers would execute complicated postures such as head stands, hand to hand stands, and other gravity defying balancing postures. Exhibited at the Indiana Artists 47th Annual Exhibition. (collection of the Miami County Historical Society, Peru, IN) #W217

"Johnny Cadaro" 1949
"Johnny Cadaro" 1949

Oil on board. 28 x 14 inches. One of three portraits done by REW of the great Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey clown/aerialist who traveled with the Walter Guice Troupe. Exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries, NYC,NY. #W116 (Collection of the Miami County Historical Society.) #W116

"Red Wagon" c. 1970
"Red Wagon" c. 1970

Acrylic on gesso panel. 43.75 x 28 inches. An old Cole Bros. Circus ticket wagon rotting away at sunset. (collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery) #W183

"Pink Lady" 1949
"Pink Lady" 1949

Oil paint on canvas. 57 x 36 inches. The title of this work (aka The Lady In Pink) is derived not from the principal figure in the painting, but from the performer dressed in pink high in the rigging in the upper left corner of the canvas. As with many of REW's works, the artist invites the viewer investigate the work to experience the full visual experience. The Indianapolis Star newspaper wrote a piece on the adjudication of the 75th Anniversary of L.S. Ayres and Co. where this work was shown. Three guest jurists, Edward Hopper, Sidney Laufman, and Hobart Nichols debated the two entries by REW. "…the jury argued that the circus subject didn’t represent Indiana, they did not know that for many years one of the leading American circus companies has had winter quarters in Peru, and Robert Weaver of Peru has painted circus subjects ever since he entered Herron School, several years before the war…" (collection of the Miami County Historical Society, Peru, IN.) #W163

"Brass Band" 1954
"Brass Band" 1954

Oil on board. 40.5 x 22 inches. The stiff drawing involved to create this image was typical of REW's work post WWII. His use of vivid color is still evident from works of his earlier periods. The work also includes a heavy impasto to give more texture to the braid of the musician's uniforms. Exhibited at the Indiana Artists' Club and Herron Museum of Art. (Collection of the Miami County Historical Society, Peru, IN) #W22

"John Cadaro In Derby" c. 1950
"John Cadaro In Derby" c. 1950

Oil on panel. 18.75 x 15 inches. Another portrait of the clown/aerialist John Cadaro was exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries in New York in the 1950's. Cadaro traveled as a member of the Walter Guice Troupe with Ringling Bros. Cadaro died in 1942 from injuries sustained in a fall while practicing in a gymnasium in New Orleans, LA. He was 28 years of age. It is considered to be one of REW's greatest portraits. Exhibited at the 26th Annual Hoosier Salon. Awarded the Katherine Keene Langdon Memorial Prize. The work was in the private collection of Dr. Ralph and Helen Barnett of Peru, Indiana. (Mark E. Weaver collection) #W117

"Summer Afternoon" 1973
"Summer Afternoon" 1973

Acrylic on panel. 30.325 x 30 inches. Exhibited at the 49th Hoosier Salon, 1973. (collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery) #W231

"Long Mount" 1970
"Long Mount" 1970

Acrylic on panel. 55.25 x 55 inches. The "Long Mount" was the finale of any circus elephant performance. REW considered this to be his greatest work. The action in the background illustrates the flying act performers readying their rigging for the the final act of the evening.  Exhibited at the artist's one-man exhibition at the Indiana State Museum 9/77—3/78. #W129

"The Marble Players" c. 1949
"The Marble Players" c. 1949

Oil on board. approximately 53 x 31 inches. Gifted by REW to the Peru, Indiana YMCA. Street urchins playing marbles in front of a wall sporting an old torn circus poster. Somehow REW always worked the circus into the composition somewhere. #W139.

"The Hostler" c. 1970
"The Hostler" c. 1970

Acrylic on panel. The Hostler directed the action of the wagons on the circus lot. The white wagon pictured was the Great Wallace Shows ticket wagon. (collection of the Circus City Festival Incorporated, Peru, IN) #W101

"Trio" 1951
"Trio" 1951

Oil on board. Shown at the Indiana Artists Club exhibition at the John Herron Museum of Art. The performers depicted in this work were of eastern European nationality. (collection of the Circus City Festival Incorporated, Peru, IN.) #W238

"He Went Up Into The Mountain" c. 1952
"He Went Up Into The Mountain" c. 1952

Oil on board. 46.125 x 36.5 inches. For a brief period of time after his service in World War II, REW concentrated on biblical subjects. This work, much like REW's work Daniel, incorporated his angular gothic style of the late 1940's and early 1950's using a coloration akin to that of the artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569). (Private collection) #W95

"The Skaters" c. 1954
"The Skaters" c. 1954

Oil on panel. Another subject in the "Gothic" style of REW's 1950's period. Vivid coloration and geometric forms make for an interesting composition. (Private collection) 

"Wagons In Moonlight" c. 1983*
"Wagons In Moonlight" c. 1983*

Acrylic on panel. 31 x 24 inches. Part of a series of paintings depicting the demise of the traveling circus. Here the Wallace Shows ticket wagon awaits its end bathed in moonlight. Many wagons were burned in the 1930's. #113

"Bathers, North Carolina" 1968*
"Bathers, North Carolina" 1968*

Mixed media on panel. 58.25 x 24 inches. This quasi still life reveals more to the viewer upon closer examination. REW included actual North Carolina beach sand into this work. #174

"Bull Man" 1987
"Bull Man" 1987

Acrylic on panel. 39.25 x 29.5 inches. The famous Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Lion cage wagon is pulled by  the "Bull Man" or Elephant team. (private collection) #123

"Circus Graffiti" c. 1985
"Circus Graffiti" c. 1985

Acrylic on panel. 29 x20.5 inches. As symbolized in this collage of tattered posters, REW felt deeply about the decline of the great American circus. Years of posters on the side of a building create this abstract record of the coming and going of the circus. (private collection) #112

"The Sentinel" 1987
"The Sentinel" 1987

Acrylic on gessoed panel. 32 x 24 inches. This fantasy work depicts the Nathanial Palmer mansion in Stonington, CT during a storm. It incorporates a carved wooden figure from the Peru (IN) Circus Winter Quarters. Wherever REW traveled, his mind was not far from the circus of his childhood. (on temporary loan Stonington Historical Society, Palmer House) #169

"OTTO" 1976
"OTTO" 1976

Acrylic on panel. 48 x 48 inches. REW painted this as a tribute to the great tramp clown, Otto Griebling. Exhibited at the 44th Indiana Artists Club and the artist's one-man-show at the Indiana State Museum. #45

"Dragon Wagon" c. 1980
"Dragon Wagon" c. 1980

Acrylic paint on gessoed panel. Signed R. Weaver lower right. Another in the series of decaying circus wagons capturing the end of the era of the traveling circuses. This image depicts the Howe"s Great London circus pony float often called the Howe"s “Dragon” pony float. #44

"Parades End" c. 1960
"Parades End" c. 1960

Oil paint on panel. Signed lower left R. Weaver. This large work by REW captured the end of the circus parade which always feature the steam calliope. The buildings in the paintings composition were inspired by an area of Cincinnati known as “Over the Rhine.” Weaver would have know this area because his wife Betty grew up in that city. #W161A (collection of the estate of Fred Senger)

"Wagon "97" 1937
"Next Up" 1937
"Riding Clowns" 1937
"Those Riding Hannefords" 1938
"Circus Girl In Her Dressing Tent" 1939 (NFS)
"Gracie" 1939
"Hillcrest Gate" 1976
"Lou Jacobs and Knucklehead" c. 1980
"Steeplechase" c. 1983 *
"Stars and Stripes Forever" 1972
"Crash" c. 1930
"White Riders" c. 1986*
"The Butchering" 1947*
"Daniel"  1952
"Skipping the Loop" c. 1985*
"Grand Entry" 1985 *
"Hammer Man" 1987
"Gavioli's Dream" 1978*
"Otto With Tuba" 1968 *
"Glory Road" 1969*
"Roustabouts" 1940
"Still Life (after Jan Fyt)" c. 1984*
"Baggage Stock" 1985
"Spinnakers" 1989*
"Poodles" c. 1983 *
"Kamikaze" (c. 1944)*
"Still Life" c. 1986 *
"Spring Hats" 1949*
"The Blind Men and The Elephant" c. 1972-1984
"Lost Parade" 1966
"Shine Emporium" (began in 1953 finished 1980's)
"Boy and Cycles" 1951
"Conversation" 1950
"The Ironer" 1946
"Circus Poster" 1954
"Unus" 1955
"Back Door" 1939
"Doc Kieley" c. 1980*
"Statue Man" 1954
"Johnny Cadaro" 1949
"Red Wagon" c. 1970
"Pink Lady" 1949
"Brass Band" 1954
"John Cadaro In Derby" c. 1950
"Summer Afternoon" 1973
"Long Mount" 1970
"The Marble Players" c. 1949
"The Hostler" c. 1970
"Trio" 1951
"He Went Up Into The Mountain" c. 1952
"The Skaters" c. 1954
"Wagons In Moonlight" c. 1983*
"Bathers, North Carolina" 1968*
"Bull Man" 1987
"Circus Graffiti" c. 1985
"The Sentinel" 1987
"OTTO" 1976
"Dragon Wagon" c. 1980
"Parades End" c. 1960
"Wagon "97" 1937

Oil on panel. 48 x 31 inches. This work by REW won the Julius Hallgarten Prize in 1938 at the National Academy of Design. Weaver was the youngest artist to win this prize. It was painted while REW was living in New York's Greenwich Village. Formerly in the collections of Paul Kollsman, and Andrew Crispo. Exhibited and sold by Spanierman Galleries, New York, NY in 2003 as part of the gallery's exhibition The Spirit of America: American Art from 1829 to 1970 (private collection) #W245

"Next Up" 1937

Oil on panel. 60 x 36 inches. Also known as Back Door. This was the tying entry for the 1937 John Armstrong Chaloner Paris Prize. "A visit with my friends the Loyal-Repensky Family on the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus." (Private collection of Robert L. and Ellen E. Haan) #W7

"Riding Clowns" 1937

Egg Tempera on panel. 33.5 x 27.5 inches. This work was a supplemental entry for the Chaloner Paris Prize in 1937. The work also was know as A Night At The Circus. REW painted this work to accompany the winning entry, The Repensky Riders. (Private collection of Robert L. and Ellen E. Haan.) #32

"Those Riding Hannefords" 1938

Oil on panel, 64 x 51.5 inches. Exhibited by the invitation of R.J. McKinney, director, division of American painting at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, CA. Chosen for exhibition 200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy at the Indiana State Museum, 2016. (Collection of the International Circus Hall of Fame.) #W236

"Circus Girl In Her Dressing Tent" 1939 (NFS)

Oil on canvas. 22.5" x 26.5" This work was exhibited by invitation at the Pennsylvania Academy Exhibition beginning on January 29, 1939. #1501 on back of work. #W39.

"Gracie" 1939

Egg tempera on panel. 67" x 55" – During the summer of 1936 REW traveled with the Ringling circus. Among the many performers he got to know was the famed Riding Hanneford family. He was particularly impressed by Gracie Hanneford daughter of the great Edwin "Poodles" Hanneford. This work is his homage to the performer. #W86

"Hillcrest Gate" 1976

Oil on panel. 53.5 x 53.5 inches. Awarded the Indiana Artist Club Award at the 44th Indiana Artists Club 44th Exhibition. Also exhibited in one-man-show Indiana State Museum 1977-78. (private collection) #42

"Lou Jacobs and Knucklehead" c. 1980

Oil on panel. Signed lower right R. Weaver. Pare of a series of large portraits of some of the circuses greatest clowns. Here Low Jacobs poses with his little dog Knucklehead dressed as a rabbit. The two were inseparable. (collection of the International Circus Hall of Fame, Peru, Indiana. Gift of the artist) W133

"Steeplechase" c. 1983 *

Acrylic on panel. 41.5 x 31.75 inches. Hagenbeck-Wallace poster on barn with fence posts that actually existed at the old Hagenbeck-Wallace circus winter quarters in Peru, IN. #196

"Stars and Stripes Forever" 1972

Acrylic on panel. 46.75 x 38.75 inches. This work won the Indiana Federation of Art Clubs Merit Award at the 49th Annual Hoosier Salon, 1973, and exhibited at the artist's one-man-show at the Indiana State Museum 9/77—2/78. #W216

 

"Crash" c. 1930

Oil on board. 8 x 9 inches. This small painting by REW is probably one of his first dealing with the subject of auto racing in the midwestern United States. It depicts the high banked dirt track at Winchester, IN. REW was probably still in his teens when he painted this action packed image. #475

"White Riders" c. 1986*

Acrylic on panel. 36 x 28 inches. A later work by REW. Performers anticipating their entrance into the arena was a fascinating thing to REW. He wondered what they may have been thinking in preparation for their performance. This work is akin to James Abbott McNeill Whistler's, Symphony in White No. 1: The White Girl. #W250

"The Butchering" 1947*

Oil on panel. 30 x 40 inches. Accepted by the National Academy of Design for its 123rd Annual Exhibition in 1949. Also shown at the 24th Annual Hoosier Salon. Indianapolis, Indiana, and L. S. Ayres & Company, "75th Anniversary Art Exhibition," November 1947 (Second Prize, $750, Edward Hopper, juror). Represented for purchase by Eckert & Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN. #W28

"Daniel" 1952

Oil on panel. 57.5 x 31.25 inches. Exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries, NYC in 1952. Exhibited that same year at the 45th Annual Indiana Artists Club exhibition at the John Herron Art Museum, Indianapolis. Also was the inspiration for the concerto for horns and orchestra by James Beckel, In the Mind's Eye. The concerto was premiered in on May 14 & 15, 2010 by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. #W52

"Skipping the Loop" c. 1985*

Oil on panel. 36x23.5 inches. A classic feat of the bareback rider's repertoire performed chiefly by lady equestrians. #W210

"Grand Entry" 1985 *

Oil on panel. 37 x 49 inches. Also known as Prima Donna. This work portrays the opening spectacle of an American circus performance. #W89

"Hammer Man" 1987

Oil on panel. 36x23.5 inches. This image by REW depicts the arrival, and set-up of the great Sells Floto Circus tent in stormy weather. No matter what, the show had to go on, and on time. The traveling circus of the age was a symphony of man and beast. #119

"Gavioli's Dream" 1978*

Acrylic on panel. 53.325 x 37.5 inches. This fantasy work by REW celebrates the work of Gavioli and Co. One of the premier makers of carnival band organs. Gavioli can been seen looking at you from between the legs of the two ladies at the base of the sculpture. #W80

"Otto With Tuba" 1968 *

Oil on panel. 28 1/2 x 52 5/8 inches. A portrait painted in tribute to the great German born clown, Otto Griebling. Awarded the Mrs. Donald M. Mattison Award at the Indiana Artists Club 38th Annual Exhibition. Also exhibited 9/25/77-1/15/78 at the artist's solo exhibition at the Indiana State Museum. #W157  This work is now available as a Giclee print. Please visit the Giclee Prints page on this website.

"Glory Road" 1969*

Acrylic on panel. A southern baptism is illustrated here, inspired by the artist's travel in the southern states. Shown at the 1969 Hoosier Salon. #W85

"Roustabouts" 1940

Oil on board. 42.75 x 36 inches. Circus "roughnecks" (laborers) napping between performances. (collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery, Peru, IN.) #W196

"Still Life (after Jan Fyt)" c. 1984*

Oil on panel. signed R. Weaver After: Jan Fyt lower right. REW was always striving to improve his painting skill and in the 1980's painted this picture after the Flemish Baroque painter Jan Fyt. REW called it "an exercise." The original Fyt painting is in the Huntington Gallery and is much larger. #W223

"Baggage Stock" 1985

Oil on panel. 45 x 29.5 inches. The Baggage Stock would aid in the loading and unloading of circus wagons to and from the trains. (private collection) #121

"Spinnakers" 1989*

Acrylic on panel. 34 x 24 inches. This work was inspired by hurricane "Gloria" which effected the east coast of the United States in 1985. REW and his family had just recently moved to North Carolina and experienced their first hurricane. #W277

"Poodles" c. 1983 *

Oil on panel. 58 x 57 inches. This is a large scale work by REW depicting the great Hanneford riding family. "Poodles" (Edwin Richard) Hanneford is seen here performing his famed comic falling off the horse stunt. His mother "Nana" is seen to the right in black. #W166

"Kamikaze" (c. 1944)*

Oil on canvas. One of the few works painted by REW during WWII. The subject is a rescued Japanese fighter pilot. (un-numbered)

"Still Life" c. 1986 *

Oil on panel. Done in the manner of German painter Severin Roesen (1816-1872). This was an "exercise" in still life tradition for REW. REW was always interested in improving his skill as a painter. It was painted to adorn the family's restaurant in New Bern, NC. #W224

"Spring Hats" 1949*

Oil on panel. 28.75 x 22.75 inches. This is a wonderful example of REW's outstanding ability with color and composition. The subject pictured were in the millinery department of the William H. Block Co. of Indianapolis, IN. The work was exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries, NYC and  the Hoosier Salon Exhibition 1/19—2/10/1951 #101 This work is now available as a Giclee print. Please visit the Giclee Prints page on this website.

"The Blind Men and The Elephant" c. 1972-1984

Acrylic on panel. 78 x 56 inches. This large work was inspired by the poem by John Godfrey Saxe. It was painted over a period of one decade. (private collection) #191

"Lost Parade" 1966

Acrylic on panel. 39 x 31 inches. This is a very important work in that it was the beginning of a new direction for REW. REW recalled the wagons of the American Circus Corporation being piled-up and burned, or left to rot in fields outside of his hometown of Peru, IN, in the 1930's. Awarded Best In Show at the 1966 Indiana State Fair exhibiton. #W130

"Shine Emporium" (began in 1953 finished 1980's)

Acrylic on panel. 36 x 25.75 inches. Old fashioned shoe-shine emporium. (private collection of John Oliva and Nancy Krant) #114

"Boy and Cycles" 1951

Oil on panel. 41 x 37.25 inches. This work appeared in Good Housekeeping Magazine, February, 1961, page 111.  (Collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery) #W21

"Conversation" 1950

Oil on panel. Also known as Scrub Women. The strong features and geometry of this work are typical of REW's post war works. He was involved with mural painting at this time which may have informed the style of this work. (Collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery) #W198

"The Ironer" 1946

Oil on canvas. 55 x 43 inches. This work was awarded the first prize as the Outstanding Entry in the Fine Arts Exhibition of the 1946 Indiana State Fair. The Indianapolis Star Newspaper remarked, "High point of the judging was the awarding of a $100 special premium to Robert Weaver of Peru for his oil figure (Chinese Laundryman) The Ironer." (private collection) #W106

"Circus Poster" 1954

Oil on panel. 40 x 24 inches. Also referred to as Eternal May. Entered in the 22nd Indiana Artists Club Exhibition. (collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art) #W43

"Unus" 1955

Oil on panel. 38.75 x 24 inches. Unus performed his illusionary one finger ball balance with Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus. (collection of Mark E. Weaver) #5

"Back Door" 1939

Oil on panel. 34 x 30 1/8 inches. Dated Nov. 15, 1939 on the reverse. Sold at Sotheby's Auction House, October 2, 2014. (private collection) See the "Drawings" menu to see the graphite study sketch for this work which is available for purchase.

"Doc Kieley" c. 1980*

Oil on panel. 48.125 x 30 inches. The subject was one of the great clowns on the Ringling Circus at the turn of the 20th century. This large portrait is one of a series of famous clowns of the circus executed by REW. #57 

"Statue Man" 1954

Oil on panel. 41 x 34.625 inches. Dressed all in white, acrobats would create the illusion of moving statuary in the circus arena. Also called "Adagio," performers would execute complicated postures such as head stands, hand to hand stands, and other gravity defying balancing postures. Exhibited at the Indiana Artists 47th Annual Exhibition. (collection of the Miami County Historical Society, Peru, IN) #W217

"Johnny Cadaro" 1949

Oil on board. 28 x 14 inches. One of three portraits done by REW of the great Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey clown/aerialist who traveled with the Walter Guice Troupe. Exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries, NYC,NY. #W116 (Collection of the Miami County Historical Society.) #W116

"Red Wagon" c. 1970

Acrylic on gesso panel. 43.75 x 28 inches. An old Cole Bros. Circus ticket wagon rotting away at sunset. (collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery) #W183

"Pink Lady" 1949

Oil paint on canvas. 57 x 36 inches. The title of this work (aka The Lady In Pink) is derived not from the principal figure in the painting, but from the performer dressed in pink high in the rigging in the upper left corner of the canvas. As with many of REW's works, the artist invites the viewer investigate the work to experience the full visual experience. The Indianapolis Star newspaper wrote a piece on the adjudication of the 75th Anniversary of L.S. Ayres and Co. where this work was shown. Three guest jurists, Edward Hopper, Sidney Laufman, and Hobart Nichols debated the two entries by REW. "…the jury argued that the circus subject didn’t represent Indiana, they did not know that for many years one of the leading American circus companies has had winter quarters in Peru, and Robert Weaver of Peru has painted circus subjects ever since he entered Herron School, several years before the war…" (collection of the Miami County Historical Society, Peru, IN.) #W163

"Brass Band" 1954

Oil on board. 40.5 x 22 inches. The stiff drawing involved to create this image was typical of REW's work post WWII. His use of vivid color is still evident from works of his earlier periods. The work also includes a heavy impasto to give more texture to the braid of the musician's uniforms. Exhibited at the Indiana Artists' Club and Herron Museum of Art. (Collection of the Miami County Historical Society, Peru, IN) #W22

"John Cadaro In Derby" c. 1950

Oil on panel. 18.75 x 15 inches. Another portrait of the clown/aerialist John Cadaro was exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries in New York in the 1950's. Cadaro traveled as a member of the Walter Guice Troupe with Ringling Bros. Cadaro died in 1942 from injuries sustained in a fall while practicing in a gymnasium in New Orleans, LA. He was 28 years of age. It is considered to be one of REW's greatest portraits. Exhibited at the 26th Annual Hoosier Salon. Awarded the Katherine Keene Langdon Memorial Prize. The work was in the private collection of Dr. Ralph and Helen Barnett of Peru, Indiana. (Mark E. Weaver collection) #W117

"Summer Afternoon" 1973

Acrylic on panel. 30.325 x 30 inches. Exhibited at the 49th Hoosier Salon, 1973. (collection of the Peru Community Schools Art Gallery) #W231

"Long Mount" 1970

Acrylic on panel. 55.25 x 55 inches. The "Long Mount" was the finale of any circus elephant performance. REW considered this to be his greatest work. The action in the background illustrates the flying act performers readying their rigging for the the final act of the evening.  Exhibited at the artist's one-man exhibition at the Indiana State Museum 9/77—3/78. #W129

"The Marble Players" c. 1949

Oil on board. approximately 53 x 31 inches. Gifted by REW to the Peru, Indiana YMCA. Street urchins playing marbles in front of a wall sporting an old torn circus poster. Somehow REW always worked the circus into the composition somewhere. #W139.

"The Hostler" c. 1970

Acrylic on panel. The Hostler directed the action of the wagons on the circus lot. The white wagon pictured was the Great Wallace Shows ticket wagon. (collection of the Circus City Festival Incorporated, Peru, IN) #W101

"Trio" 1951

Oil on board. Shown at the Indiana Artists Club exhibition at the John Herron Museum of Art. The performers depicted in this work were of eastern European nationality. (collection of the Circus City Festival Incorporated, Peru, IN.) #W238

"He Went Up Into The Mountain" c. 1952

Oil on board. 46.125 x 36.5 inches. For a brief period of time after his service in World War II, REW concentrated on biblical subjects. This work, much like REW's work Daniel, incorporated his angular gothic style of the late 1940's and early 1950's using a coloration akin to that of the artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569). (Private collection) #W95

"The Skaters" c. 1954

Oil on panel. Another subject in the "Gothic" style of REW's 1950's period. Vivid coloration and geometric forms make for an interesting composition. (Private collection) 

"Wagons In Moonlight" c. 1983*

Acrylic on panel. 31 x 24 inches. Part of a series of paintings depicting the demise of the traveling circus. Here the Wallace Shows ticket wagon awaits its end bathed in moonlight. Many wagons were burned in the 1930's. #113

"Bathers, North Carolina" 1968*

Mixed media on panel. 58.25 x 24 inches. This quasi still life reveals more to the viewer upon closer examination. REW included actual North Carolina beach sand into this work. #174

"Bull Man" 1987

Acrylic on panel. 39.25 x 29.5 inches. The famous Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Lion cage wagon is pulled by  the "Bull Man" or Elephant team. (private collection) #123

"Circus Graffiti" c. 1985

Acrylic on panel. 29 x20.5 inches. As symbolized in this collage of tattered posters, REW felt deeply about the decline of the great American circus. Years of posters on the side of a building create this abstract record of the coming and going of the circus. (private collection) #112

"The Sentinel" 1987

Acrylic on gessoed panel. 32 x 24 inches. This fantasy work depicts the Nathanial Palmer mansion in Stonington, CT during a storm. It incorporates a carved wooden figure from the Peru (IN) Circus Winter Quarters. Wherever REW traveled, his mind was not far from the circus of his childhood. (on temporary loan Stonington Historical Society, Palmer House) #169

"OTTO" 1976

Acrylic on panel. 48 x 48 inches. REW painted this as a tribute to the great tramp clown, Otto Griebling. Exhibited at the 44th Indiana Artists Club and the artist's one-man-show at the Indiana State Museum. #45

"Dragon Wagon" c. 1980

Acrylic paint on gessoed panel. Signed R. Weaver lower right. Another in the series of decaying circus wagons capturing the end of the era of the traveling circuses. This image depicts the Howe"s Great London circus pony float often called the Howe"s “Dragon” pony float. #44

"Parades End" c. 1960

Oil paint on panel. Signed lower left R. Weaver. This large work by REW captured the end of the circus parade which always feature the steam calliope. The buildings in the paintings composition were inspired by an area of Cincinnati known as “Over the Rhine.” Weaver would have know this area because his wife Betty grew up in that city. #W161A (collection of the estate of Fred Senger)

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