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Georges Seurat : “Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque)” (1887-1888)

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Parade de cirque, or Circus Sideshow, was Seurat’s first nocturnal scene, as well as his first painting of popular entertainment. It depicts a sideshow of the Circus Corvi at place de la Nation, a working-class quarter of eastern Paris. On a balustraded platform illuminated by nine gas jets, musicians and acrobats perform for passers-by. Distance within the composition indicated not by scale or foreshortening, but by lighting. The figures behind the gas jets are brilliantly lit, while those in the foreground are rendered in dark blue. Art historian Robert Herbert described Parade as a “brooding masterpiece” in which the evocative depiction of ethereal, penumbral light is unquestionably the key feature.”

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