Head of a Clown

Head of a Clown

Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)

Currently on View in H200
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Clowns, a popular motif in French art from 18th-century painter Antoine Watteau through Picasso, often appear in Rouault's work. They are his Everyman, assuming a wide range of different guises.

Much of Rouault's art and life revolved around anguished themes of sin, suffering and atonement. This image takes on the tragic features of Christ as the Man of Sorrows and expresses suffering in a universal sense. Its smoldering color and emphatic line reflect Rouault's early training in stained glass.

Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of European Art, at aschlagenhauff@discovernewfields.org if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Object Information

Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)
creation date
about 1920
oil and gouache on paper mounted on linen
25-1/2 x 19-1/2 in.
34-1/4 x 28-3/4 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift in memory of William Ray Adams
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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