I know that I featured the art of Georges Rouault just a few weeks back but I am short on time and wanted an image of clowns to accompany a song. But I didn’t want the schlocky Red Skelton clowns. I wanted something else. And it turns out that Rouault, a favorite of mine, painted plenty of clowns. I don’t know how many but it seems like a lot. The clown can be a compelling figure, as the song below proves.
So, here are a few Rouault paintings to go with the classic The Tears of a Clown from the great Smokey Robinson. It has what I think is the greatest intro to any pop song ever. Just hearing this song begin makes me happy.
Got to run. Enjoy some Smokey and have a great day.