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 Armand Francois Joseph Henrion  (1875 - 1958)

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Lived/Active: Belgium/France      Known for: figure and small-scale clown portrait painting

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Three Clown Portraits: Smiling, Surprised, and Smoking
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Armand Henrion was born in Liege, Belgium May 30, 1875, and died in Paris in 1958.  Although Henrion was born in Liege, he is considered a figure and portrait painter from the French School (he became a naturalized citizen of France).

Henrion's formal education is unknown.  According to exhibition records, he was a regular exhibitor at Salons throughout Paris and Belgium.  He became know for his small portraits which captured the facial expressions of clowns laughing, singing, smoking (pipes and cigarettes) and other reactions in mime.  Most of his clowns are self portraits but he also used Pierrot, a stock character of mime and Commedia dell'Arte and the French variant of the Italian Pedrolino.  The noticeable feature in Henrion's Pierrot clown portraits is their naiveté.  They are seen as a fool, always the butt of pranks, yet nonetheless trusting. T hey, like Pierrot, are portrayed as moonstruck, and oblivious to reality.

Public collection:
Le Muse de Liege: various examples of Henrion's clown portraits

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E. Benezit Dictionnaire des Pientres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs ET Graveurs, Vol. 5, page 491

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