Sadness of the clown

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

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.

 
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La coulrophobie est devenue une tendance qui transforme les clowns en monstres effrayants, mais les clowns sont la source fondamentale du rire.

L’art clownesque a une longue et riche tradition et histoire, des clowns pygmées de l’Égypte ancienne aux bouffons de la cour de l’Europe médiévale, et bien avant dans l’Antiquité.

D’Aristote qui louait le rire, à Freud qui le méprisait plutôt, il est essentiel pour l’humanité (et pas seulement) de se réjouir et d’être joyeux.

Mais ce qu’est le rire, comment il se déclenche , et pourquoi, a été brillamment analysé par le philosophe français Henri Bergson (en 1900) dans « Le rire, essai sur le sens du comique

Un livre qui vaut la peine d’être lu pour comprendre les mécanismes et la psychologie du rire.

 

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

Sadness of the clown, sculpture, Addé

Sadness of the clown © Addé 2018 – photo Xea B.

 

« Sadness of the clown » Sculpture by Addé 2018

Is there any monument dedicated to clowns and laughter? Yes, and here it is.
Existe-t-il un monument dédié aux clowns et au rire ? Oui, et le voici.
 

 

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Leyla novembre 9, 2018, 15:09

    Wonderful work!!!

    • Addé novembre 9, 2018, 18:13

      Thank you so much, Leyla! I really enjoy pleasing you!

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