Clown Masters
The worlds largest  collection of Clown Portraits!

Related to the series „Circus“, the impersonators of the clown bear a long meaningful and varied tradition with significant variations in costume and performance. The modern clown character developt out of the italian Commedia dell‘arte which are based on the „rustic fool“ characters of ancient Greek and Roman theatre. Their entertainment is generally designed to amuse a large auience – funny, foolish and ironic at the same time. It‘s the masquerading that combines the two faces and let‘s change unpredictably the clownesque happiness and purity of heart into either unmasking reflection or – as in horror movies – demonical possession and rather schizophrenic disorder. At last the depersonalisation of the clown evokes an impotence of the vis-à-vis and gives room to the contemplators projection who is becoming a part of the orchestration. With it’s marked gestures, it’s distance through the masquerade and the staging in a purged space makes it so excessive and direct. Buehlers highest demands of the perfect shot upheave the subject through conciseness to an icon.

Dr. Marc Philip Seidel

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