Head of a Clown

Image Resources | Currently on View in William L. and Jane H. Fortune Gallery

Head Of A Clown

Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)

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.

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.
accession number
credit line
Gift in memory of William Ray Adams
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945