For all the clown and circus fans out there we have a beautifully executed circus painting circa 1960-80. The oil painting on board is a view into the big top, which features clowns, acrobats and circus animals. A banner above in French advertises, 'The Great Circus Show of the Bouglione Brothers' (loosely). In the foreground, a sad clown with a worried face looks behind him at a mysterious raven perched on his shoulder. To me, the painting represents an illustration to a story, rather than a banner advertising the Bouglione Circus. Also, the way the banner is cropped is usually an indication that it was meant to be placed in a specific space within a publication. Regardless of it's purpose, the painting is colorful, dramatic and extremely well done. The frame is a thin metallic frame meant more for a poster than a painting, but this is what came with it. Unfortunately, I do not have any information about the artist, Peter Dolan. This is a painting that anyone could appreciate and enjoy !
Size : 28" (71.12 cm) Wide // 21 1/2" (54.61 cm) Height // 3/4" (1.91 cm) Deep
Condition : Very minor edge wear from framing. Darkened varnish visible, so removing this would probably brighten the painting, although I could certainly live with it in this state. Minor abrasion photo seven.
Bouglione Brothers : A group of brothers, which in 1934, took over operation of a large pavilion in Paris known as the 'Cirque d' Hiver' (Winter Circus).
Originally constructed in 1852, it was built for circus and equestrian performances. Today, the Bouglione family circus still performs in this facility.
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