Monday, February 22, 2010

Clowns of Giverny

Clowns of Giverny

Artist: Monnet

Date: Undocumented

Oil on Canvas (16"X24")

Style: Big Top Attributionsm, Clownism

Faces of everyone's favorite, the clown.  These two, like the classic forms of tragedy and comedy, convey the two types of clowning - that of the happy-go-lucky performer on the left and that of the person who uses his make as a mask so that the world will never see him crying, on the right.  Laugh clown. Indeed; laugh.

Speculation places this work after the exhaustion of Claude Monet's water lily fad expressed in the master's more renown works, and well beyond the noted artists death. The brush strokes are unlike any documented within the catalog of his works. Stylistically, the facial make-up of the subjects displaces them from the artists continent of livelihood. Still, the signature -- sporting its superfluous "N"-- is nothing more then a thinly veiled attempt to mask the true identity of the artist by a thinly veiled direct association, leading BAMOO's staff art historians to attribute this to some other artist's famed starvation period.

While it is not the practice of the Bad Art Museum of Ohio to accept such a work unless there is documented proof that its starving artist actually starved in a garret while painting the work in question, BAMOO did accept this piece because of its symbolism of an artist struggling to overcome the demons at work on creative self.

Joined BAMOO Collection 8-2000

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