barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

The Cirque Fernando – Architectural Study 

France, c. 1879

Pencil, black and red chalk on two sheets of joined pink paper


A study for the architectural background of ‘La La at the Cirque Fernando’.

The Cirque Fernando was built in 1875 in the boulevard Rochechouart, Paris, near the Place Pigalle. Studies for the interior fill several pages of one of the artist’s notebooks. The inscription states that ‘the rafters are more slanting’.

Purchased 1938 (No. 38.10)

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