- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 144
- Illustrations: 117
- Dimensions: 9'' x 10''
- Format: Paperback
- Author: Richard Thomson
- ISBN: 9781588396150
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By Richard Thomson, with contributions by Susan Alyson Stein, Charlotte Hale, and Silvia A. Centeno
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, the alluring Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), has remained the most challenging to interpret since it first intrigued viewers at the 1888 Salon des Indépendants in Paris. This book, the first comprehensive study of Circus Sideshow, 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.
Richard Thomson is Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh.
Susan Alyson Stein is Engelhard Curator of Nineteenth-Century European Painting in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Charlotte Hale is Conservator in the Department of Paintings Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Silvia A. Centeno is Research Scientist in the Department of Scientific Research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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