PARIS, 1367. LOUVRE.
Sully wing, 2nd floor:
Paintings / France / 1700-1780.
Jean-Antoine Watteau, Pierrot-Gilles (1718-1719), 185 x 150 cm.
Ph Daniele Cenci, 17-27/08/2018.
PASSEGGIATE INTERNAZIONALI 11. "The easy fluidity of the brushwork and the bright colors make this work a real masterpiece. It has often been seen as a self-portrait in which the artist portrays himself as a sad clown. It has proved very difficult to determine whether the figure of Pierrot is a portrait taken from life—perhaps one of Watteau’s friends or a well-known actor—or an allegory drawn from the artist’s imagination. The work draws its dramatic power from the moment of stasis in the action, the heavy immobility of the central character, and the viewpoint chosen by the artist, looking up at Pierrot from below.
Is it a theatrical sign for a café or a fairground show? Was the work commissioned or did the artist paint it simply for pleasure? The character of Pierrot takes up almost the entire painting, standing out against the sky, while the characters from the Commedia dell’Arte are painted in half-length, hidden behind foliage. Four stock characters can be identified—the doctor on his donkey, the lovers Leandro and Isabella, and the captain."
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