The Circus: A Visual History (Hardback)
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The Circus: A Visual History (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 09/08/2018
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This beautiful book charts the development of the circus as an art form around the world, from antiquity to the present day. Using over 200 circus related artworks from the French National Library's private collections, celebrated cultural historian Pascal Jacob tells the story of travelling entertainers and their art and trade. From nomadic animal tamers of the Dark Ages to European jugglers and acrobats of the 1800s, from the use of the circus as Soviet propaganda to the 20th-century Chinese performance art renaissance, this is an exhaustive history with a uniquely international scope. Jacob draws on both rare and famous artworks, including prints dating from the 13th century, and paintings by Picasso and Dore. In doing so he demonstrates the circus to be a visual and physical masterpiece, constantly moving and evolving, and just as exciting an experience for audiences now as it was 1,000 years ago.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350043107
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 1260 g
Dimensions: 300 x 220 mm


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A rich, visual feast of archival wonders. Prepare to be amazed by this impressive performance history. * National Fairground and Circus Archive *
An important and compelling tale of the international history of the circus, full of enchanting images and wonderful stories. * Professor Vanessa Toulmin, University of Sheffield, UK *
With circus arts thriving and evolving internationally, the English-language publication of Jacob's magnificent, authoritative survey is cause for celebration. * Dr Rolf Hughes, Newcastle University, UK *
A distinguished circus promoter and cultural historian, Jacob has donated his vast private collection to the French National Library. Most of the illustrations in this beautiful book - vibrant posters, architectural drawings of circus buildings and group photographic portraits of performers - come from there ... [Jacob] herds his facts like a ringmaster in a series of fabulous stories loosely held together by the arresting and colourful images. * The Spectator *
The book is a wonderful romp through to the present day, richly illustrated with artworks, photographs, prints and posters, showing how this very particular form of entertainment continues to evolve. * Evening Standard *
Stunning circus sights: Tom King recommend a visual history of one of the oldest forms of entertainment... a hefty and vibrant collection of images depicting the age-old spectacle... Immediately apparent in Jacob's book is that the circus has been infinitely adaptable, with space in its cavernous tent for an endless variety of people. * The Morning Star *
Spectators seated in circles stare up at trapeze artists who, as Pascal Jacob puts it in his new book, The Circus: A Visual History, re-enact the mythical flight of Icarus and hope to demonstrate that grounded human beings can enjoy the aerodynamic privileges of the gods. * The Observer *
The Circus: A Visual History is 'one to watch' in August 2018 * The Guardian *
This book tells the story of both traditions [permanent and travelling circuses], and it does so in impressive detail and with an infectious sense of fun... [Jacob offers] an evocative account of a popular art form that has an unmatched ability to snag in our senses. * Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Professor of English Literature at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, UK *

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