Seurat's Circus Sideshow - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Seurat's Circus Sideshow

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'By focusing on well-edited ancillary material, the exhibition makes you see in genuinely new depth the greatness of Seurat’s “Sideshow” — which has been in the Met’s collection since 1960 — as well as the richness of the soil that nourished it, a bustling urban society on the cusp of change, including the increasingly fertile friction between high and low culture' - New York Times

A book exploring Seurat's fascination of the circus

The mystery, colour, 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.

  • Author: Richard Thomson
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Date published: February 2017
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1588396150
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 23.2 cm