The circus is a home for crazy. And sometimes you need just that.
In February 2020, my dad suggested that we photograph the Bouglione Circus. The madness of the circus has long been a source of inspiration for artists, and from some photos I’d seen my dad take at Bouglione, it was clear the spectacle inspired him too. I was keen to experience the magic.
My takeaway: circus art is severely underrated. Here’s a little journey with some amazing clowns, acrobats, musicians, dancers, and more. I encourage you to search for shows that might be on around you. If you have kids, they’ll love it. If you don’t, you’ll get to be one again for just a moment.
Let the show begin.
Calder, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Seurat, Renoir, Degas and many other artists found inspiration from circus art: