This oil painting depicts the famous clown Emmett Kelly in his role as "Weary Willie," one of the first tragic clown figures. Willie is in his tramp garb with a gaudy outfit to fit the character of a down-on-his-luck migrant worker from the Great Depression. Sad clowns have always appealed to me. They seem to reflect some of our personal conflicts of trying to appear in better spirits than we really are. The good news for me is that by confronting the sad feelings we can then laugh at ourselves and keep perspective.
Country of Origin: United States.
Medium: Oil on Canvas.
Size: Painting 16" x 12" Framed 22 1/4" by 18 1/4"by 2"
Weight: 3 1/2 lbs
Signed: "W. C. Wolcott" Upper Right Corner.
Circa: Mid 20th Century.
Condition: Very slight wear of the paint in 1/8" specks near eyes, chin, and the center of the hat. No tears or repairs to the painting have been made.
Notes: Wolcott was born in New York in 1898 and served in WWI and later worked as a stockbroker. His first art-related job was as an advertising graphic artist. He studied at the Art Students' League in NY and the National Academy of Design under Hans Hoffman. In the late 1940's, he left his advertising job to devote more time to painting. He then moved from Scarsdale, NY, to Southport, CT, in 1949, when he began giving classes. He served as the Art Director of the Hudson River Museum for more than 12 years and continued to teach art. He was represented by Grand Central Art Gallery in NY, as well as Portraits, Inc., and the Bendann Art Gallery of Baltimore.
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