Circus Train – Nighthawks
Robert Bateman Hand Signed Foundation Edition Print 22.5″ x 29″
Foundation Edition Size: 150
This special Foundation Edition is available exclusively through the Robert Bateman Centre as a fundraising edition in support of the work of the Bateman Foundation.
“This painting was based on an abandoned circus train I once saw while on a walk in Venice, Florida, where I came upon the graveyard of an old railroad site. Trains like these were once a world of their own, filled with the lives of all the fascinating circus people who lived on board. As nighthawks darted overhead, one could almost hear the ringmaster, invoking an audience long gone: “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages…”
I intentionally painted the moon the same size as the logo on the abandoned circus train proclaiming “The Greatest Show on Earth”. What really is the greatest show on earth? Is it the moon? Or is it nature itself, as suggested by the overgrown train tracks, overtaking the remnants of the circus.” Robert Bateman
(From the original painting Circus Train – Nighthawks – 1991 – 36″ x 28″ Acrylic on Masonite)