This is an easy/average difficult puzzle. Its long horizontal format makes the different characters read as the different ages of human beings, from childhood to old age. There is something gloomy about the painting, think the movie "Freaks" by Tod Browning where the "freaks" displayed in fairs are the most human ones, whereas the "normal people" around are just petty and exploitative. And think circus as a metaphor of life. Pretty heavy stuff. The artist Fernand Pelez was at first doing historical paintings, and then he turned his attention to the destitute people, preferring documenting real lives than grandiloquent mythological stories. Good for him, but it killed his career, because again, heavy stuff! The very classical depiction of the young girls is very delicate. And man, the shoes on the painting are just amazing: what an interesting collection! Also, the setting is very collage like, making the puzzle interesting to put together. Like the description above mentioned it, Jef Bambas lightens up the image by adding fun circus whimsies. This is an exquisite dialogue between an academic trained painter from the 19th century with a designer from the 21st century.