Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante

In 1917 art dealer Ambrose Vollard and Georges Rouault entered into one of the most productive contractual relationships in the history of printmaking.

Rouault’s Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Stars) explored the world of the circus. The subject had always interested the artist through its contrast of superficial brightness with the infinite sadness of circus life. The images in this portfolio describe Rouault’s attempt to strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.”


Number of objects: 35
Installation Space: 175 linear feet
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