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By introducing the car in the mid-ground my intention was to create a stronger narrative than in previous works that featured similar, relatively ordinary subjects. That the car door is open confirms the presence, albeit unseen, of a character to add to the drama – a clown possibly, or the ringmaster himself.
My aim was to present a scene of contrasts, or containing elements that could suggest conflicting response(s). The circus is a pleasurable thing – pure entertainment with something for all the family. Seurat loved it. This tent, however, looks forlorn. Its sign appears to be not functioning properly, and the original bright pink has greyed and looks drab, although this may be a result of the half-light of a winter’s late afternoon.