Seurats Circus Sideshow

Seurats Circus Sideshow


Parade de cirque (or Circus Sideshow) was first exhibited in Paris 1888 by French Neo-Impressionist painter Georges-Pierre Suerat (1859-1891). The Pointillist painting depicts the parade of the Circus Corvi at place de la Nation as night falls. It forms part of a series of work by Seurat exploring public entertainment and Parisian street life. Its innovative form, symmetry and myriad of muted colours explores the mystery, magic and allure of the circus, a topic that captivated many European artists through the fin de siecle.

This book, by notable art historian Richard Thompson, is the first compelling study of Parade de cirque, embracing the once unappreciated painting as a pioneer of circus-themed art. With erudite flourish, Thompson fuses Seurat's collection with the social changes of nineteenth-century France, its influences on other modernist movements and its connection to a host of other artists like Picasso. This book displays lavish illustrations of Seurat's work, his early sketches and ephemera, as well as two essays with fresh insight and analysis of the main painting.

Product Code 1043900
Author Richard Thomson
Dimensions 23.1 x 1.3 x 25.1 cm
ISBN 9781588396150
Pages 144
Published February 2017
Publisher Metropolitan Museum of Art
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