Look closely and you'll see that some of the white paint has chipped off of the hair of this fantastic clown. Why the artist did not sign his or her name, I don't know. Such a darling rendition of a clown with his three white pointed tufts of hair and the stiff lacy collar. An orange-red jacket over an ochre shirt with purple pants and a light blue-green background. A colorful palette fitting of a clown. And don't overlook the flowers decorating his pointed shoes. Is that "G" scribbled on his left jacket front? Is that a "2" above the moon on his shirt? And see the star on his cheek? Very impressionistic. Very stunning. Oh, to know his story!
Verso, this card has a typical "carte postale" background with a divided back, which dates it to after 1904. At the turn of the century, artists could go into the "papeterie" and buy ready-made blank postcards to use as their canvas. While many mass-produced postcards were also hand-painted, I believe this is truly an original one-of-a-kind, hand-painted, clown painting. He's adorable!
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Some foxing visible on front but overall, especially for its age, this card is in fine antique condition. No creases.
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