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Pierrot -Painting by Amedo Modigalini

Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini-PierrotPierrot. 1915. Oil on cardboard. 43 x 27 cm. Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark


‘Pierrot’ is a stock character of Pantomime and Comedia dell’ Arte of the 19th century Italian troupe players performing in Paris. His character in poetry, fiction and visual arts is of the sad clown, pinning for love of Columbine, who usually breaks his heart and prefers Harlequin. Pierrot performs with a whitened face. He wears a frilled collaret and a hat with a close-filling crown and wide round brim. He is seen as a foolish character always in the butt of pranks, but trusting. He is also portrayed as tragically moon-struck, distant from oblivious to reality.

In this portrait of ‘Pierrot’, the artist Modigliani represented himself in the guise of Pierrot. In Modigliani’s own self-image, with the ruffled collar and skull cap of the comic character, the word ‘Pierrot’ has been scribbled in childish capitals across the bottom of the picture, so as to label the figure and affirm the identity.

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