The Life and Times of Apollinaire VI 1984

Oil by Victor Gordon

Apollinaire confronts the spectre of Cubism 1500 x 940 cm

This image portrays the relatively undignified and wounded Apollinaire, displaying no pomp or celebration of the war, but viewing himself after his own demise as a Picasso-esque like spectre dressed as Piero the clown. Like many Apollinaire succumbed to the Spanish influenza epidemic shortly after the war. By stepping out of his own framed picture within a picture, the clown straddles both worlds.