Arts Society Lecturer

The Painters of the Cirque Medrano

georges seurat the circus

The legendary Paris circus, from its beginning as the Cirque Fernando in 1875 (it was renamed Cirque Medrano in 1897) until its closure in 1963 was an integral part of Parisian cultural life. It attracted writers, painters and poets who created many works inspired by the Circus. Performers have been immortalised on canvas by Renoir, Degas, Lautrec, Seurat, Picasso and Leger among others. An intriguing look at the history of a circus through the eyes of the painters of the Montmartre.

Paul Chapman

Paul is an Art Historian and National Gallery trained guide. As a freelancer Paul delivers courses and lectures for a wide range of educational organisations and has given talks and tours for art associations/societies in Museums and Galleries in the UK and Europe. He has published a book, examining the subject of cultural crossovers and appropriations in 20th century painting. He is a tour guide at the Longford Castle art collection and visiting tutor at Marlborough College.

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