AT THE CIRCUS
Oil on panel: 83.5 x 119.5 cm / 32.9 x 47 ins
Signed lower right
Painter of historical compositions, genre scenes, portraits and animals; engraver.
Charles Verlat was a pupil of Gustave Wappers and Nicaise De Keyser at the Antwerp Academy.
He lived in Paris from 1850 till 1868, where he met Gustave Courbet. Between 1875 and 1877, he visited Egypt, Palestine and Syria.
He also painted historical compositions, genre scenes and portraits.
He was inspired by Courbet’s realism to paint satirical subjects. Verlat was appointed professor in 1877 and later on, in 1885, principal of the Antwerp Academy.
Antwerp 1824 - 1890
Antwerp - Brussels - Liège
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Animal Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artistes born between 1750 and 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 491.