Thomas Couture / Pierrot on Trial / c. 1863Thomas Couture
Pierrot on Trial
c. 1863

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Creator Name: Couture, Thomas
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1815 - 1879
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Thomas Couture
Title: Pierrot on Trial
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1861
Creation End Date: 1865
Creation Date: c. 1863
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on wood
Dimensions: Unframed: 32.2cm x 38.1cm
Inscriptions: signed lower left: T.C.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1980.250
Credit Line: Bequest of Noah L. Butkin
Context: The painting belongs to a series illustrating the Pierrot and Harlequin story, a satirical tale of social behavior. The clown Pierrot, dressed in white, sits accused of stealing food from a restaurant. The chef and a cook sit at the left, witnesses forthe prosecution, with food and wine nearby as evidence. As judges doze, the masked Harlequin speaks for the defense. Pierrot had great difficulty controlling his appetite, a personality trait that Couture apparently shared. The painter also despised lawyers and made several paintings mocking them.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1980.250
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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