Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Mr. Little's Company of Pierrots photo by A. Breach
Polka-dot costumed pierrot troupes were all the rage once upon a time, especially on the coast of England. To paint them is traditional. I never really thought about it the first time I painted one, though. I wasn't even really aware of the history of the pierrot. I had an old family photo of my grandma's uncle, an actor dressed in a pierrot outfit, and I used it as reference because I liked it. That's how the pierrot became one of my characters. Later, I noticed pierrots could be found all over the place - in all kinds of art, music, and theater images. They still look good in their polka-dots. Classic.