I enjoyed and valued your responses to my post On Not Knowing Art last week, and stored away your suggestions happily. I also fell more and more in love with two of the paintings I'd chosen - the Francis Cadell, which many of you seemed to know, and Korhinta (1931) by Vilmos Aba-Novak, which none of you did - or, if you did, you kept quiet! Here it is again...
I can't stop looking at it. The colours, the energy, the clever presentation of figures... and the funfair. I've realised that I am fascinated by the ways in which funfairs are depicted. I don't know exactly what it is about them that appeals - again, the colours, the energy, and the sense of the insane and unusual brought into close connection with the everyday - but I can't get enough. So I thought I'd explore some more depictions of funfairs in art. The only ones I knew before were the Stanley Spencer, who is one of my favourite artists, and the Mark Gertler. I would include literary examples, but I can't think of any (can you?) - only the odd circus or two. (Click on the links to take you to image sources.)
|Helter Skelter (1937) by Stanley Spencer|
|The Fairground, Sydney (1944) by Herbert Badham|
|The Fairground (1930s) by L.S. Lowry|
|Nottingham Goose Fair (c.1910) by Noel Denholm Davis|
|photograph for sale on Etsy|
|Merry-Go-Round (1916) by Mark Gertler|
Well, that'll do for now, on my hunt through Google Images... let me know if you think of any artistic or literary fairgrounds and funfairs!