Juan Gris (1887-1927), Pierrot, 1921. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

'Pierrot' by Juan Gris

115 x 73 cm
Oil on canvas
Bequeathed, Máire MacNeill Sweeney, 1987

Stop 3 on the First Fortnight Art Trail

Pierrot was a pantomime character: a sad clown who was unlucky in love. Many avant-garde artists painted the figure of Pierrot as a representation of the artist as outsider, but there was also a lighter, more playful side to the depiction of the character.

Juan Gris painted Pierrot while recovering from pneumonia in the south of France. The artist experienced depression throughout much of his adult life. From the late 1910s onwards the figure of Pierrot became a prominent motif in his work, expressing his depressed mental state. 

On display in Room 5, Millennium Wing, Level 1

About First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. In January 2019, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering an education and engagement programme of events focusing on mindfulness and mental health. This Art Trail is part of the programme. See the full programme of First Fortnight events at the Gallery