The Great Parade: Portrait of the Artist as Clown

The Great Parade: Portrait of the Artist as Clown

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by Gérard (Jean) Régnier (Clair)
     
 

The circus is a dazzling world filled with acrobats and harlequins, tumblers and riders, monsters and celestial creatures. Now this engaging book sets that world in a new light, examining how painters, sculptors, and photographers from the eighteenth century to the present have used the circus as a springboard for their imaginative expression and have envisioned

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The circus is a dazzling world filled with acrobats and harlequins, tumblers and riders, monsters and celestial creatures. Now this engaging book sets that world in a new light, examining how painters, sculptors, and photographers from the eighteenth century to the present have used the circus as a springboard for their imaginative expression and have envisioned the clown as a metaphor for the modern artist.

The book presents more than 175 works by such artists as Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rouault, Picasso, Chagall, and Léger. Some of these are masterful works shown for the first time; these range from the 18-meter stage curtain Picasso designed in 1917 for Erik Satie’s ballet Parade to more intimate works such as Nadar and Tournachon’s photographs of Pierrot as played by celebrated mime Charles Debureau.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300103755
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/26/2004
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 12.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Lenders to the exhibition10
Foreword12
Acknowledgements14
The grimacing double16
Parade and palingenesis : of the circus in the work of Picasso and others21
The circus of cruelty : a portrait of the contemporary clown as Sisyphus35
The waking dream : photography and the circus47
Hysterical clowns, ridiculous martyrs : the writer's view57
Catalogue66
Chronology348
Bibliography391
List of works413
Index421

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