Pierrot in Criminal Court

Oil on wood panel | 32.2 x 39.2cm | c. 1864-1870

Thomas Couture

In this painting, Couture used two famous masked characters, Pierrot and Harlequin, to satirize and critique the public and the judicial system of the 19th century. The pathetic Pierrot represents a lower-class fool on trial for stealing food from a ...
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