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Seurat's Circus Sideshow

Richard Thomson.
Item #: D00706
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 144 / 2017
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN: 9781588396150
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The mystery, color, and magic of the circus was a subject of fascination for European artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the French painter Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859-91) explored this theme in a number of sketches and paintings. Drastically differing from his famed Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Seurat's enigmatic 1888 pointillist masterwork, Circus Sideshow, was a milestone in the depiction of circuses in art. Drawing connections to Parisian street life and to the works of such artists as Honoré Daumier and Eugene Grasset, this book features 117 color illustrations tracing the development of this theme which proved so vital to Seurat's work.


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