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Armand (François Joseph) Henrion
Joyeux Pierrot - Impressionist Oil, Portrait by Armand Francois Henrion

c.1900

$3,472.87

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Signed impressionist oil on panel portrait circa 1910 by French painter Armand Francois Henrion. The work depicts a happy, smiling Pierrot - a French clown - with his face painted white wearing white ruffles and a mint green hat. Signature: Signed lower right Dimensions: Framed: 9"x7.5" Unframed: 7"x5.5" Provenance: Private French collection Armand François Joseph Henrion was born in Liège in Belgium on May 30, 1875. He died in Paris in 1958. He eventually naturalized as a French citizen. He was a regular exhibitor at various Salons throughout Paris and Belgium. He was best known for his small portraits depicting smiling facial expressions of clowns - these works are actually self portraits of the artist himself who would spend his days painting before a mirror in whatever costume or facial expression he chose depending on his mood.. Henrion had an all-consuming fascination with the character of Pierrot. Henrion portrayed himself as this comic trickster, who traditionally did not wear a mask, but instead applied heavy white face make-up. Henrion explored nuances of humor in his works which encompass the facial expressions conveying such qualities as the tongue-in-cheek, the retort, the comeback, the riposte, and the droll comment. His animated, gestural style in the creation of the small, jewel-like, depictions matches the feelings they convey of a light-hearted sense that life is to be enjoyed. Museum and Gallery Holdings: Liège

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