When we say the performing arts, we mean everything that is put on before an audience with an artistic intention, including theatre, dance, music, circus and more. This artistic intention encompasses not only eminent figures but also, of course, street artists. Someone displays themselves before others with the intention of conveying or sparking an emotion. The performing arts are an arena of encounter.
What are we going to find along this journey? Paintings which refer to theatre characters, such as those by Watteau, Picasso and Lindner; paintings that portray artists, such as those by Zoffany, Toulouse-Lautrec, Marsh, Kuhn and Guttuso; paintings that situate us before stage performances, such as those by Degas, Tappert and Ensor; paintings that give us glimpses into the hidden part that is never seen, where the audience is not present, such as those by Forain and Macke; paintings whose artists devoted some of their life to the profession of set design, such as Chagall, or who created ground-breaking performances, like Schlemmer and Balla; and paintings by two artists whose imaginations were populated with hundreds of mise-en-scènes and have even inspired plays, such as Hopper and Magritte. And we will encounter one final statement from Lucien Freud.