Georges Seurat - The Circus 1891

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The Circus 1891

The Circus 1891
185x152cm oil/canvas
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

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From Musee d'Orsay, Paris:
Coming after Parade and Cancan, Circus was the third panel in a series by Seurat on the popular attractions of the modern city and its late-night entertainment.
The circus theme was often covered in the 1880s, especially by Renoir, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. But Circus is seen as one of the most impressive applications of Divisionist theory. In it, Seurat interprets Charles Henry's theories on the psychological effects of line and colour as well those on optical mixing of colours formulated by Chevreul and Rood.