The preparatory series for La Grande parade includes clowns, acrobats, musicians and dancers performing together in a colorful mass. For Léger, the circus was a passion: "If I have drawn circus people, acrobats, clowns, jugglers, it is because I have taken an interest in their work for thirty years... A year elapsed between the first state of La Grande parade and its final state. This interval corresponds to a lengthy process of elaboration and synthesis. The slightest transformation was long pondered and worked up with the help of new drawings. A local alteration often involved changing the entire composition because it affected the balance of the whole" (quoted in Werner Schmalenbach, Fernand Léger, London, 1991, p. 126).
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