Georges Feldkirchner

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Very little is known of the life of Georges Feldkirchner. He was born in America in 1885, but moved to Paris, where he had an atelier in Montmartre. He worked as a painter, book illustrator and a sculptor, but is most noted for his studies of wild animals, made at the Cirque Amar and the Cirque Pinder from the late 1920s to the late 1940s.

The Cirque Amar had been founded in Algeria in the 1860s and spawned a second branch in Paris in the late 1920s. It included all sorts of animals, even polar bears, so was a boon for artists. The Cirque Pinder was originally English, migrating to France in the 1870s. Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat, Tissot and Chagall all produced paintings of circuses; nearly all these works, however, concentrated on the human performers.

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