Pierrot is reading a letter he sends or receives from Columbina .
Harlequin lighting it with his candle.
An inscription on the back attests the scene.
Pierrot, a character from the Commedia dell'arte, is often depicted in love with Colombina.
His character in contemporary popular culture ,is that of the sad clown, pining for love of Columbine, who usually breaks his heart and leaves him for Harlequin.
Signed lower left , under the frame A. de GOUVEIA
Alberto Rodrigues Ayres de Gouveia, Porto 1876- Candal, Vila Nova de Gaia, 1941
Beautiful painted frame decorated with Chinese decoration, 19th century
72x61 with frame
Price : on request