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Mennessons dans le studio

The magical arena where clowns and tightrope artistes work is a paradoxical universe which fascinated Mennessons: behind the laugh of the clown, he felt the fragility and dismay, behind the apparent grace of the tightrope walker, the cruel dance with danger which could be fatal. For him, this place of spectacle was a condensed version of the human experience.

In Paris he frequented the Circus Medrano (before its demolition) and the Winter Circus, in Munich the Circus Krone and also saw the Peking Circus in Paris in 1972.

When sketching the Fratellini brothers, usually Albert, they were at the peak of their art. For Mennessons this was a symbol of courageous dignity which was overcome by laughter, the hollow weakness of man.

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Les Voltigeurs du Cirque de Jacques Mennessons
1954, Les Voltigeurs du Cirque
195 x 130 cm, Stic B sur Papier - Collection particulière
Albert Fratellini de Jacques Mennessons
1959, Albert Fratellini
33 x 22 cm, Linogravure - Collection particulière
Entrée de peinture : les clowns Dario, Pipo et Mimile de Jacques Mennessons
1960, Entrée de peinture : les clowns Dario, Pipo et Mimile
31 x 44 cm, Gouache sur Carton - Collection particulière