Not the kind of picture we usually expect from Renoir, full of pretty women and their charming children. Whatever possessed him to do this picture, I wonder. I have tried to dig up som background info, but to no avail thus far.
‘A clown’ says the title, yet he doesn’t appear to be doing anything particularly amusing. Or is that the message; that under the disarray of hair is someone of serious demeanour, just like us!
If anyone can throw some light on this puzzling picture, please send it my way …
The Clown by Pierre Auguste Renoir
*Listen to Marilyn Lightstone read this text: