L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i
Monday, September 15, 2014
I know nothing about this strange and silly painting. The only caption attached to it said that it was German or Austrian. From the attire, I would date this to the very end of the eighteenth century or the early nineteenth, but he could easily be in costume, which would very much confuse the issue. I suspect that this rather delightful image is a portrait of some sort of performer in character/costume for a favorite role.
Stephen O'Donnell, painter and singer/performer. A mid-career fine artist, I have been showing professionally since 1995. Married to author and graphic designer Gigi Little, with whom I occasionally perform a mother and daughter singing act, Madeleine and Penny Prévert.