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Clown Paintings

Museums and art historians have neat, organized categories for art: modern art, renaissance art, landscapes, still lifes, abstract art ... and clown paintings? We've all seen them, the sad clown, the silly clown, the big red nose ... but where do they fit in with regards to art history? Scroll down below our picture to read more before you visit our Gallery of Clown Paintings.

clown painting with Rubens and Picasso
What's wrong with this picture? We've got a Peter Paul Rubens painting at left, a Pablo Picasso painting at right, and a clown painting in the middle? Have you ever seen a clown painting in a museum?
Rarely has a famous painter taken on the theme of clowns ... this was not a subject that engaged Matisse, Hopper, Pollock, or others established in the art world. It is most-often the work of amateur painters that make up the genre of clown paintings. Why? What is it about clowns that would attract the attention of the amateur painter but not the gallery-represented painter?

Salvador Dali at Artsology Artsology offers free online games about the arts, and delivers investigations into topics in the visual arts, music, and literature. Artsology is a good resource for fun learning about the arts for people of all ages and is enjoyed by students, homeschoolers, and adults. Follow us on Twitter or become a fan of our Facebook page.Miles Davis at Artsology

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