"Acrobat and Young Harlequin" by Pablo Picasso
Picasso’s blue period was followed by his rose period in which he painted many clowns. To me this adds serious cred to the genre. Why did Picasso choose this subject? I have no idea, but because he did, many followed suit. France in the early 1900’s must have been crawling with traveling circuses and clowns begging to be painted. Today, it’s almost impossible to find a decent sword swallower to pose for you.