In painting, the circus gave rise to the plastic scenic experiments of the beginning of the 20th century, while the artist himself became transformed into an illusionist, clown equilibrist, or eccentric. Applying circus rhetoric, artists were able to speak about serious subjects in the language of frivolity. // Sketch design of jazz-clowning “Victims of the Gramophone”, Leningrad Circus, 1933MMOMA, press photo
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