“So, does your husband, the clown, still believe the baby is his?”
“The tightrope walker just slipped. Get out there and make ‘em laugh, Bozo!”
That dog’s face looks more human than the clown.
“The audience is demanding more conflict. We are going to have to kill off one of you characters for the season finale.”
Hey, have not you seen the lion tamer? I have not seen him since his last practice.
Sword swallower was cut from the troupe.
Aw, he must have pressed the button that shoots the blade away from the hilt. Gonna have to fix that one of these days…
or perhaps, from the expression on the clown’s face, it was a she, and his wife…
Cindy, you’re on in 5. Stop watching the kids play with the puppies and get your clothes off.
“You have such nice legs, Maybell. Do you like me new silk top hat? I’ve stolen it from the bin across the way, just to wear for you, Maybell. You have such nice legs. Yes, you have such nice legs.”
Criminy, I hope you guys are going to clean up after yourselves.
Hey, Princess Leia – you’re up.
Backstage at the Trump campaign.
I just don’t see how he got from that image to that caption. Anyway, the title translates as “Behind the Curtains”, so I suppose the artist was trying to be profound as artists have a habit of doing. Anyway, the picture is at the Gemäldegalerie Dresden, where it has been for over a century. See https://skd-online-collection.skd.museum/Details/Index/246526 for their page on this work. It’s sparse and in German, but at least it’s there at the painting’s own happy home.
On the circus in art, there’s an interesting page at https://eclecticlight.co/2019/04/21/circus-performers/ that places this picture into a useful larger context. Worth reading.
Since the Wikipedia article on Knaus is a straight lift from the 1902 New International Encyclopdia, you might as well go straight to the source at https://books.google.com/books?id=jl3BbMARd-sC&pg=PA291&lpg=PA291 and read it there if you’re using a decent size screen—not a phone or tablet.
Circus Green Room…
GUY HOLDING CURTAIN: Hey Legs. You said you were gonna butter your husband’s tight rope. LEGS: The damn dogs ate it.
“The knife-thrower is killing it out there! Better pack up and get out before we’re all implicated.”
“Psst, Ingeborg, get rid of your gentleman caller pronto-presto! You husband’s almost finished on the tight-rope.”
The kids on the floor know the score -/ that Ma is a bit of a whore/ but she’s keeping ’em fed/ with her talents in bed/ so nobody cares any more .
Behind the Scenes:
has info and links that point to info about this painting.
all have info, or links that point to more info, about this artist, perhaps in addition to what’s pointed to by the first URL. So far, 3 works by him have been used here.
has the prior, which while my comment is still there, with the line breaks removed, its 21 hyperlinks remain inactive. ?&@#!#%&! (My just added reply points to the URL containing much of what was in my comment).
Again, a larger strip image is shown by clicking the image in Mr. Melcher’s MASTERPIECE #2205 (May 19, 2019) blog entry, accessible by the Check out the blog! box after the last comment.
Madam Zonka, queen of the gypsies just hates it when she hears bad news, makes her want to eat a baby.