Cirque Bouglione – Design for Poster
by Edmone Amédée Heuzé


Country of origin: France

Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed: Signed lower right

Dated: c. 1935

Condition: Very good original condition - a few tiny marks

Size: 35.00" x 46.00" (88.9cm x 116.8cm)

Framed size: 36.00" x 47.00" (91.4cm x 119.4cm)

Provenance: Private french colection

Further information

Edmond Heuzé worked as a Ringmaster for a travelling circus for many years and became interested in circus art and painting subjects from that theme. The Bouglione family purchased the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris in 1934. It's likely he was commissioned to design this as an "affiche" or poster to advertise their company. Heuze was associated with cubism from its inception and this work is clearly inspired by that genre of painting.

Artist biography

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Though Edmond Heuzé was a student at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, he liked on numerous occasions to say that he was self-taught. The only traditions to which he laid claim were those of Montmartre, where he was born. He had several jobs none of which ever suggested that he would become a member of the Institut in 1949. He was a tailor, dancer, newspaper vendor and a ringmaster with a travelling circus, where he developed a taste for painting clowns. Later, he painted official portraits from members of the Académie Goncourt to the Army Generals. All his portraits are vividly rendered showing his somewhat cinematic preoccupation: though he sought to convey humanity, Edmond Heuzé began by meditating on and experimenting with geometry at the dawn of Cubism, of which he was one of the first discoverers. He was also a writer and published: Monsieur Victor one of the most precious accounts of the 'dangerous classes', to use Mac Orlan's expression. His works include: Scenes from the Living Dead at the Fratellini, Man with Bouquet, Miss Yelding. Portraits include: Porto et Geratto, A. Billy, A. Rouveyre, P. Léautaud and General de Lattre de Tassigny. He illustrated: The Soul of the Circus by Louise Hervieu, The Manor of Thann ( La Seigneurie de Thann) and A City in Alsace in the Middle Ages ( Une ville d'Alsace au Moyen Âge). He was named an Officier de la Légion d'Honneur.