Clowns Musiciens


The circus world, with its clowns and acrobats, has inspired numerous artists ever since the Enlightenment. During the 20th century, many artists in Paris would meet at the Cirque Medrano, located on the edge of Montmartre. Fascinated by the horsewomen and trapeze artists in the sparkling shows, Jean Dufy was one of them. He went to circus shows for over thirty years.


Sotheby's New York, 7 October 2003, lot 271, as 'Orchestra with clown guitarist';
Acquired at the above sale by private collector;
Christie's New York, 8 November 2012, lot 505;
Private collection, The Netherlands 


The work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné, in preparation by Monsieur Jacques Bailly. The certificate is registered no. 4285, 'Paris Le 3 septembre 2012'. 

Jean Dufy

b. 01.01.1888
Le Havre, France

d. 01.01.1964

Jean Dufy was born in Le Havre in 1888, the seventh of eleven children. He was blessed with the gene of creativity: his father was an accountant in a metallurgy company as well as a talented amateur musician, and his older brother was Raoul Dufy (1877-1953). From the age of 14, Jean began to demonstrate his artistic capabilities, encouraged by his brother Raoul and Raoul’s friend Othon  . . .
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