U.S.A. - Baltimore-Maryland - A Circus Family: Picasso to Léger

Fernand Léger - Les Trapézistes

See daring feats, exotic acts, and colorful circus characters through the eyes of some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. More than 80 paintings, prints, drawings, and books by Pablo Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Fernand Léger, and other European artists reveal their fascination with the extravagant spectacle of the circus and the bohemian lives of the performers outside the ring. This special ticketed exhibition brings together major works from museums and private collections to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the circus during its heyday as a form of popular entertainment.
Vibrant 19th-century posters of clowns and can-can dancers by Toulouse-Lautrec and Jules Chéret emerge from a semi-circular canvas tent. More than 30 works on paper by Picasso, as well as paintings and sculpture from the collections of the Göteborg Museum of Art in Sweden, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, explore the private side of circus life with sympathetic portrayals of circus families, many of whom the artist befriended during his frequent visits to the Médrano Circus in Paris. School of Paris artists such as Gino Severini and Natalia Goncharova and German Expressionist artists like Max Pechstein and Otto Dix created their own fanciful and dramatic circus images. The exhibition concludes with Léger’s exuberant book Cirque (1950), a recent addition to the BMA's collection.

Baltimore Museum of Art - 22 February - 17 May 2009

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