Sadness of the clown – Sculpture by Addé 2018
Coulrophobia has become a trend turning clowns into creepy monsters, but clowns are the fundamental source of laughter.
The art of clowning has a long and rich tradition and history, from Pygmy clowns in ancient Egypt to court jesters in medieval Europe, and long before in ancient times.
From Aristotle who praised laughter, to Freud who rather despised it, it is essential to mankind (and not only) to rejoice and be merry.
But what is laughter, how does it initiate, and why, has been brilliantly analysed by French philosopher Henri Bergson (in 1900) in « Laughter, an essay on the meaning of the comic ».
A book worth reading to understand the mechanisms and psychology of laughter.
“Sadness of the clown” Sculpture by Addé 2018
Is there any monument dedicated to clowns and laughter? Yes, and here it is.