Pierrot iconography 1880-1980

foto: Gustav Adolf Mossa, Pierrot s’en va, 1906

“Che fai tu, luna, in ciel? dimmi, che fai, Silenziosa luna?”
G. Leopardi

Pierrot è il personaggio che nella Commedia dell’Arte porta la maschera della malinconia. Innamorato e triste, una lacrima si è cristallizzata sul suo viso. I suoi gesti sono meccanici, è affine ai gatti, alle lepri, ai pavoni bianchi ed è devoto alla luna. Il suo amore è muto e per questo a volte suona il violino. Non è corrisposto ed è condannato al suicidio.

In vista del lavoro che ho realizzato per Merola, ho trovato interessante seguire l’evoluzione del tipo del Pierrot a partire dal 1880 per un secolo, fino al 1980. Si nota come il Pierrot sia stato di moda nelle arti e nel gusto di fine secolo fino agli anni ’20, per via probabilmente di quella eleganza malinconica, la bellezza che nasconde il presentimento di morte.

Ho trovato due saggi che parlano della figura del Pierrot che però non ho potuto leggere: Pierrot fin-de-siècle, ou, Les métamorphoses d’un masque di Jean de Palacio che però è solo in francese e Anatomia del vuoto: Pierrot, uscito nel 2008 nella rivista Locus Solus, che però è a quanto pare impossibile da trovare.

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Illustrations:

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Raphael Kirchner, Salome, 1903

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Raphael Kirchner, Series of The Deadly Sins: Temptation, Anger

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Raphael Kirchner: Lust; Sloth

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Raphael Kirchner: Gluttony,

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Gustav-Adolf Mossa, title? ca.1910

d981e25d4ca5f3193cec2783e64e9469Leo Rauth, Pierrot and Colombine, 1911

PicMonkey Collage1 Leo Rauth: Bal Masque, 1911; Schwibs’, 1911

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Ivo Saliger, Pierrot, 1920 ca., acquaforte a colori

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Georges Barbier, Fetes Galantes (Columbine), 1928

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Lucien Jaquelux, Pierrot & Colombine, 1930

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 Adolfo Busi, Woman with a kneeling Pierrot, 1926

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Adolfo Busi, Woman and Pierrot, 1925 (gonnelli.it)

tumblr_nd3k65aTcf1rv2dfko1_540The death of Pierrot, Jeanne Mammen 1920’s

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Rie Cramer, Pierrot and Pierrette, 1920’s ?

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Charles Lucien Léandre, Pierrot Pendu 1936; Edwin Holgate, Pierrot pendu 1923

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Erté, Dancing in the Dark, 1920’s ?

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Aubrey Vincent Beardsley: Pierrot clown selecting books in a library, 1896: Pierrot

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Franz von Bayros, Ex-libris Peter Gloeck 1924

Ephemeral (puppets, objects): 

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Perfume bottle “Pierrot by Paul Poiret”: launched in 1914. Using the colors of the character of the commedia dell’arte, Pierrot from a black cap-hat and a white collar (referring to the first activity Poiret seam). Starry black box shows the song “Au clair de la lune” dedicated to Lully.

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James Ensor, Mask 1910-20?

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Marie Vassilieff: Pierrot, 1933; Pierrot dolls, 1927

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Pierrot and Pierrette, dolls made by Lenci, 1925, designed by Marcello Dudovich (1878-1962), Italy, 20th century

Posters, cards, advertisings, covers: 

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Vanity Fair cover, 1918

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Vanity Fair cover, 1920

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Vanity Fair cover, 1927

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Posters for Pagliacci, opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo 1892

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 LEFT: Illustration for Pierrot macabre; ballet-pantomine en un acte et deux tableaux. Scénario de Th. Hannon et J. Hansen. Date 1890.
RIGHT:Poster for the pantomime “Pierrot sceptique” by Léon Hennique and Joris-Karl Huysmans. Date 1881.

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Posters for Folies Bergère: by Pal. and Leonetto Cappiello, Chand d’habits!, 1896

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Masquerede Ball invitation, 1930’s ?
Postcard by Leonetto Cappiello for Robba, Canelli Torino (Sparkling Wine Drink) 1890’s ?

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Asta Nielsen as Pierrot in Urban Gad’s Behind Comedy’s Mask (1913). Poster by Ernst Deutsch-Dryden.

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Hedy Nils and Toni Burkmeyer ball, 1920;
Fasching Dienstag Redoute in allen Sälen der Neuen Burg Gesellschaft für graphische Industrie, Wien 1922.

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italian popular postcards from 20’s and 30’s

Paintings:

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Giuseppe De Nittis, Sarah Bernhardt as Pierrot, 1890’s ?

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Henri Rousseau, A Carnival Evening, 1886

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Maxfield Parrish, The Lantern Bearers Painting, 1908

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James Ensor, Pierrot and Skeletons, 1907

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James Ensor, The Despair of Pierrot or Pierrot in Despair (second version) 1910

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Federico Beltrán Masses, Pierrot patient 1929

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Alexander Evgenyevich Yakovlev, Pierrot & Arlechine, 1914

Photographers, performers, film, singers:

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Paul Legrand as Pierrot the clown by Nadar. Date circa 1855

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec  as Pierrot, 1894

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Sarah Bernhardt by Nadar as Pierrot in Jean Richepin’s “Pierrot the Murderer” Date 1883

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Diana Karenne, actress and director of her own films, by Emilio Sommariva, 1917-1918

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Diana Karenne in Histoire d’un Pierrot, 1917

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Diana Karenne by Emilio Sommariva, 1917-1918

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Alexander Vertinsky, 1916

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Alexander Vertinsky, 1916

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Marchesa Luisa Casati as Pierrot in a painting by Guiglio de Blaas, 1913

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Cecil Beaton, self-portrait as pierrot, c. 1920.

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946

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Claude Cahun, Self-Portrait, 1927

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Clara Bow as Pierrette, 1929

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Rabbit’s Moon, avant-garde short film by American filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Filmed in 1950

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Serge Lutens for Serge Lutens advertising. He was a French photographer, filmmaker, hair stylist, perfume art-director and fashion designer.

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Charlotte Rampling starring in Liliana Cavani’s film “The Night Porter”, 1974

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Twiggy in The Boyfriend, film by Ken Russell, 1971

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Steve Strange, 1980’s

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Klaus Nomi, 1980’s

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Louise Ebel aka Miss Pandora, 2013

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Fashion (editorials, designers):

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Mariacarla Boscono by Vincent Peters

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Tilda Swinton “Traveling with The Night Circus”

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Comme des Garçons Fall / Winter 2000

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