Works by Georges Seurat and contemporaries are on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York focusing on a singular, captivating subject: the circus.
Painted in 1887-88, Circus Sideshow (Parade de Cirque) serves as the centerpiece for the exhibit. The work debuted at the Salon des Independants in 1888 and immediately confounded people with its depiction of light and darkness. Years later, in 1929, it was a part of the MoMA’s inaugural exhibition.
At the time of Circus Slideshow’s debut, the circus served as a rich source of inspiration for painters, illustrators, and musicians alike. Met visitors can feel like they’re going back in time, captivated by the sparkle and intrigue of one of the most magical forms of entertainment in 19th century Paris.