144. Kees Maks
(Amsterdam 1876 – 1967)
Three German Clowns in the circus ring
Signed lower right
Mixed media on paper, 46.4 x 65.1 cm
Museum Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Kees Maks, Schilder van het mondaine leven,18 January – 21 April 2002
Around 1920, Maks often painted colourful circus artists. Showgirls, artists with their horses, acrobats and perhaps the most appealing to the imagination: the three German clowns. Maks is known for his mundane impressionist, but static figures, which he also painted in oil. This watercolour is most likely a study for the well-known work Three German Clowns in the collection of Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem (inv. no. 5197). The quick brushwork and colours emphasize the dynamics between the three acting clowns.