Zinaida Serebriakova (1884-1967)
“Pierrot (Self portrait in the costume of Pierrot)” (1911)
Pierrot is a stock character of pantomime and Commedia dell'Arte whose origins are in the late seventeenth-century Italian troupe of players performing in Paris. His character in contemporary popular culture is that of the sad clown, pining for the love of Columbine, who usually breaks his heart and leaves him for Harlequin. The defining characteristic of Pierrot is his naïveté: he is seen as a fool, often the butt of pranks, yet nonetheless trusting.