Do you find most puzzle images too cheery? Too life-affirming? Too joyous?
Well, our new Saltimbanques puzzle (in-stock Sept 25th) may just be what you are looking for!
This 1888 painting by Spanish realist Fernand Pelez is also known as Grimaces Et Misère. It's a circus scene, but one that has acid-washed away any sugar-coating, and instead focuses on the tough life of travelling performers:
Puzzle designer Jef Bambas focuses your attention on the amazingly detailed misery of this painting with non-unique spade-shaped connectors, square-ish pieces, and circus whimsies.
Here's a sneak peek photo from the first batch:
Everyone agrees that the painter Pelez was incredibly talented, but wikipedia reports "Pelez was a commercial failure..." Frankly, we're not betting on this puzzle being a best-seller either, but every once in a while we like to mix things up a bit with art that nods its head to that existential angst some of you want to face head on. Enjoy!
In-stock Sept 25th.