The Circus (1891) by Georges Seurat

The Circus - Georges Seurat - 1890 - 1891

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TitleThe Circus
ArtistGeorges Seurat
Date1890 - 1891
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions185 x 152.5 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris
Location Created France
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About The Circus

Georges Seurat’s final artwork, The Circus, depicts the attractions of the modern city in a Neo-Impressionist style. Seurat aimed to merge artistic creation and scientific analysis. This artwork is one of the six major figure paintings created by Seurat and it is located at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

As a Neo-Impressionist, Seurat utilized pointillism and chromoluminarism techniques. The painting was exhibited at the Salon of independents only a few days before Seurat’s death in 1891. Neo-Impressionism was a French avant-garde art movement that thrived from 1886 to 1906.

The Circus showcases Seurat’s unique artistic abilities and innovative approach. Seurat’s creation displays the influence of societal development, portraying the popular entertainment of the modern city. It portrays the harmony between scientific experimentation and artistic expression, making it an important artwork in the history of art.

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