Due pagliacci

By Mimmo Rotella SKU:188889

Mimmo Rotella's "Due pagliacci," painted in 1967, is a captivating artwork that embodies his innovative décollage technique. Through layers of torn posters, he brings forth a poignant portrayal of two clowns, capturing both the joy and melancholy behind their masks. The painting's exceptional nature lies in its ability to encapsulate the complexities of human emotion, highlighting the duality of laughter and sorrow. "Due pagliacci" not only showcases Rotella's artistic mastery but also invites viewers to reflect on the universal human experience of wearing masks and concealing inner emotions.

33 cm

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Title: Unmasking Emotions: Mimmo Rotella’s “”Due pagliacci””

Year Painted: 1967

Mimmo Rotella’s evocative artwork, “”Due pagliacci,”” painted in 1967, stands as a testament to his innovative décollage technique and his exploration of the human experience. This painting’s profound significance lies in its ability to capture the complex emotions behind the façade, as portrayed by two clowns.

Rotella, the visionary Italian artist, revolutionized artistic creation with décollage, tearing and layering posters to form new narratives. “”Due pagliacci”” brilliantly exemplifies this technique, revealing the dual nature of the clowns’ emotions. The year 1967 marked a period of introspection for Rotella, enabling him to delve into the universal theme of the masks we wear in daily life.

The title “”Due pagliacci,”” translating to “”Two Clowns”” in English, provides a glimpse into the painting’s narrative. Through layers of torn posters, Rotella portrays the clowns’ contrasting expressions of joy and sorrow. What sets this artwork apart is its ability to communicate the intricate interplay of emotions, reminding viewers of the complexity beneath the surface.

The painting’s allure stems from its portrayal of the universal human experience. The clowns, traditionally associated with laughter, reveal a depth of emotion that resonates with viewers. Rotella’s décollage technique serves as a metaphor for the layers we often hide behind, prompting contemplation on the masks we wear and the authenticity we conceal.

In the broader context of art history, “”Due pagliacci”” reflects the introspective spirit of the late 1960s, a time marked by societal shifts and self-exploration. The artwork becomes a mirror to the viewer’s own emotional complexities, transcending time to resonate with contemporary audiences. It underscores Rotella’s ability to communicate profound truths through visual storytelling.

In conclusion, Mimmo Rotella’s “”Due pagliacci,”” painted in 1967, is a poignant exploration of human emotion through the lens of décollage. Through its portrayal of clowns’ contrasting emotions, the painting invites viewers to reflect on their own emotional duality. As we engage with this visual representation of the masks we wear, we are reminded of art’s capacity to reveal the complexities of the human experience and provoke introspection.

Original size:
95 x 62 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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