(about 1930 -1935)
Oil on canvas
Two clowns, outlined heavily in black, face one another. One wears a costume of intense red, while the other is dressed in harlequin colors. Georges Rouault was a deeply spiritual man. His compassion for social outcasts and human suffering can be felt in his paintings, many of which have overtly religious subjects. As a young man, the artist was apprenticed to a stained glass painter. His choice of rich colors and black contours may be a reference to church windows and their sacred scenes.