Seurat's Circus Sideshow
'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
This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of European Paintings exhibition.
Georges Seurat (1859–1891) created just six major figure paintings during his lifetime, one of which. This richly illustrated book, which accompanies an exhibition at the Met, is the first comprehensive of one of those - Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque). The book situates the painting in the context of the many social changes occurring in 19th-century Paris.
Renowned art historian Richard Thomson illuminates the roles of caricature, naturalist and avant-garde painting, and circus advertising; examines Seurat's use of contemporary aesthetic theory; and discusses how various artists mined the sideshow theme throughout the late 19th century and into the 20th. Delving into the history of traveling circuses and seasonal fairs in France, as well as the painting's enthusiastic reception in New York in 1929 and a technical examination of the canvas, this is the definitive resource on one of Seurat's most captivating works.
- Author: Richard Thomson
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Date published: February 2017
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 2-3 weeks
- ISBN: 978-1588396150
- Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 23.2 cm