Álvaro Delgado
The circus


The circus, first published in 1917, is a monographic miscellany in which the author brings us closer to the world of the circus and through it to his conception of life and literature. In later editions it was expanded with other texts, such as the speech that Gómez de la Serna gave at the Great American Circus in Madrid in 1923 or a prologue by Julio Gómez de la Serna and illustrations by Ramón himself.

In this edition, published in Madrid in 2003 and of which only 210 copies were printed, the Madrid painter and illustrator Álvaro Delgado enriches Gómez de la Serna’s text with 14 engravings that are very close to impressionism, full of luminosity and drama.

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Álvaro Delgado (1922-) stands out for his strong mastery of technique, in which the cubist structure, gestural value and strength of colour prevail.

He is renowned for his thematic renovation, particularly in the portrait genre, as well as for his strong personality within the expressionist trends.

A member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts since 1973, Álvaro Delgado has been awarded numerous prizes such as the National Gold Medal of Fine Arts and the Gold Medal of the City of Madrid.