Pierrot: Jean-Antoine Watteau

Jean-Antoine Watteau, Pierrot (1718-1719)
Jean-Antoine Watteau, Pierrot (1718-1719)

Jean-Antoine Watteau’s Pierrot is of famous clown Pierrot in the 17th century. Originally known simply as ‘Gilles’ – the generic term for ‘clown’ in French, recent research has identified that the character in the picture is in fact of Pierrot.

Painted late in Watteau’s short career in 1720, the piece was likely used as an advertisement for a show in France. The clown featured can also be found in other paintings by Jean-Antoine Watteau such as ‘the Italian Comedians’ and ‘The Italian Actors’.

Jean-Antoine Watteau’s Pierrot can be found in the Louvre in Paris, France.

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