Seurat’s Circus Sideshow: A Hypnotic Work

Seurat’s Circus Sideshow: A Hypnotic Work

Noise, vitality, movement, boisterousness...these are some of the things that one would expect from a circus scene. But in Georges Seurat's painting Parade de Cirque, everything is unusually still, almost petrified. Even more strange is the way Seurat painted the work, composed of a profusion of dazzling dots.

In this talk, Professor Richard Thomson explores the mystery and fanciful technique of one of Seurat's masterworks. What's that clown up to? Who is that dapper ringmaster? Could this circus scene tell us something about the political climate Seurat was working in?

Time Period:

19th century