Taking as its focus one of The Met’s most captivating masterpieces, this thematic exhibition will afford a unique context for appreciating the heritage and allure of Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), painted in 1887-1888 by Georges Seurat (1859-1891). The presentation will explore the fascination the sideshow subject held for other artists in the 19th century, ranging from the great caricaturist Honoré Daumier at mid- century to the young Pablo Picasso at the fin de siècle. This rich visual narrative will unfold in a display of more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, period posters, and illustrated journals, supplemented by musical instruments and an array of documentary material intended to give a vivid sense of the seasonal fairs and traveling circuses of the day. Find out more about the ‘Seurat’s Circus Sideshow’ exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.
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