Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ACEO Clown Portrait #44 "Yoyo"

Clown #44 "Yoyo", acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2018
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Clown #44 is homage to famous French clown "Yoyo" aka Pierre Étaix (1928- 2016), he was also actor, a cartoonist and film director who won an Oscar for his short film Heureux anniversaire (1962).

Etaix was born in 1928 in Roanne, in the Loire region of France. His childhood ambition was to become a clown, and so he studied music, dancing, gymnastics and magic. In 1953, he moved to Paris to work in cabarets and as a cartoonist. Pierre Étaix was a continuation of the great masters of slapstick and the comedy film the silent era such as Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, Max Linder, Charlie Chaplin, and Laurel and Hardy. He was married with Annie Fratellini, the granddaughter of a famous clown and a member of the Fratellini circus family. Etaix and Annie founded the first circus school in France. 

"Yoyo" aka Pierre Étaix

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