Pierrot Fumant
by Armand Francois Henrion

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  • Country of origin: France

  • Medium: Oil on panel

  • Signed: Signed lower left

  • Dated: c. 1920

  • Condition: Very good original condition

  • Size: 11.50" x 8.00" (29.2cm x 20.3cm)

  • Framed Size: 18.50" x 15.00" (47.0cm x 38.1cm)

  • Provenance: Private french collection

Artwork Biography

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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.

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