Seurat's Circus Sideshow

Richard Thomson; With contributions by Susan Alyson Stein, Charlotte Hale, and Silvia A. Centeno

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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. The French Post-Impressionist painter Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859–1891) explored this theme in a number of drawings and sketches, as well as in his 1888 Pointillist masterwork, Circus Sideshow. Drawing connections to Parisian street life, to the works of other artists, and to the broader complexities of modern life, this lively book establishes Circus Sideshow as a pioneering work in the genre of circus-themed art. Lush reproductions of the work are buttressed by images of Seurat’s preparatory drawings and ephemera from circuses and street performances of the time to offer a full understanding of the historical context.

Richard Thomson is Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(02/15/17–05/29/17)

ISBN: 9781588396150
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Co-publisher: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
144 pages, 9 x 10
120 color illus.
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