Within the present work, the composition consists of three jugglers, one of whom sits atop a large horse, whose pyramidal form dominates the canvas, and two flanking figures. The rider sits at a right-angle to the back and outstretched neck of the horse, his arms expansively out-flung. Whilst the jugglers and horse are shown at a moment of rest, the bold colours serve to suggest imminent movement. Such a compositional façade evokes the subject of the circus: Marini was fascinated with the theme of theatre, finding inspiration for representing the ideal over reality. The present work was probably acquired directly from the artist by the first owner, a collector who supported and encouraged Marino Marini's work, among other 20th century artists, such a relationship tied a life-long friendship between the two men.
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