Oh yeah? Sez who?!, 1969

My mother suggested that grandmother was inspired to do an angry clown portrait, by 50s comedian/actor Red Skelton (who started painting clowns when he retired from film and TV). I always suspected my grandfather was the model for this one, but who knows.

According to my mom, grandmother said, “Everyone else always does happy clowns, I want to do a mad clown!”

I remember it hanging in Grandma and Grandpa’s house; I never liked it much because the clown looks angry. Not just angry but snarly…with mean eyes. As a kid, I thought clowns had no business being mean with hateful eyes. 😦

Lee Franclemont, 'Oh yeah? Sez who!?', 1969, pastel on paper. Photo credit Kelise Franclemont. Private collection.

Lee Franclemont, ‘Oh yeah? Sez who!?’, 1969, pastel on paper. Photo credit Kelise Franclemont. Private collection.

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