Stanczyk or the Sad Clown Paradox

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Jan Matejko's 1862 Stańczyk is very emotionally charged. It's a pretty simple scene: A sad jester, alone in a dark room. Why is he sad? Can a jester, or a clown, be sad, knowing that their job is to spread happiness? In this video, we'll be talking about this painting, its historical context, the Sad Clown paradox, Edward Hopper's Soir Bleu, Todd Phillips' Joker...
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Alien Heron
Alien Heron
“A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater." - Soren Kierkegaard
GARBAGE FIRE
GARBAGE FIRE
"A story is told that in 1806 a man goes to visit a doctor who is acclaimed for his ability to treat melancholia. “I can’t eat, I can’t sleep,” says the man. “I feel constantly miserable. Please help me, doctor.”
chad_bee_
chad_bee_
it's the look on his face that gets me. i know that look, complete emptiness, hollow, disheveled, feeling like everything is crumbling around him, like he just
Astranix 01
Astranix 01
This can also be interpreted as: "How can I bring up the bad news without killing the mood?"
M.I
M.I
Knowing the background history of the painting makes me realize that the painter intended this painting for a very specific audience that I’m not a part of.
BasicallyV
BasicallyV
The wonderful thing about paintings is their interpretation.
filrostix
filrostix Рік тому
I also love the little detail of the carpet, the fact that it's "wrinkled" as if the jester let his whole weight fall to the chair in despair.
Pig_catapult
Pig_catapult
There's a hopelessness in this painting that makes my heart hurt. To my understanding, jesters often had the job of breaking bad news to their lord. The partiers dance, oblivious to what has happened, and he has to go in there and shatter that illusion. He has to go in there and say what no-one wants to hear, at the time they least want to hear it.
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snowsnowsnowsnowsnow
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Llamaz
Llamaz
In my mind it shows empathy in some degree. The clown, someone that’s just taken for granted as a person that’s just around to be silly and make people laugh, is subject to the same thing that their set out to cure, sadness. It shows that even a clown is can be subject to the same dark emotions that anyone else can experience. In simplistic terms, people are not what they seem at their surfaces. The clown has their own life too and like anyone else they can have moments of despair.
bearly hardley
bearly hardley 14 днів тому
The historical context seriously helps me to understand and feel the painting so much more! As someone who literally never knew what they were looking at in a painting, I never took them seriously cause I was never given a reason to I guess. I didn't care if a painting looked sad if I couldn't connect to it on a more grounded level. Feeling the weight of what Stanczyk has learned puts me in the scene with him, and instead of being confused, I'm commiserating.
Joseph Longbone
Joseph Longbone
I love the context behind it, the aristocracy laugh and party while the "funny man" no one takes seriously knows that the wolves are at the door and is crushed by the knowledge.
White Obama
White Obama
I can tell you one thing polish people really appreciate is when someone takes the time to actually learn how to properly pronounce polish words. good job.
Meen
Meen
I think knowing its modeled after himself makes it sader and makes me „appreciate“ it more.
ZedCactus
ZedCactus
I think with the historical context the painting is a really interesting piece, but the fact that it works so well without knowing the context (perhaps even better, as in your case) is evidence of what a strong piece it really is, visually and emotionally. I love the contrast of cold colours of the room he's in vs the warm colours of the party and his costume.
PRKP
PRKP
There is ONE MORE layer to this. In Cracow, at the time when Matejko lived, conservative circles were called "Stańczycy" after figure of "Stańczyk". He, portraiting himself as sad Stańczyk with party in another room can be seen as comment about this group - they were accused by polish revolutionaries of being "impotent" and that they can't do anything for polish nation, which was, at that time, under partitions.
Alexander Sumrall
Alexander Sumrall День тому
I definitely love the art more I had no idea there was more to it than just the art it’s self. It goes sooo deep!!
Hernandez Jose
Hernandez Jose
I think the painting is powerful for the aesthetic reasons you mentioned and even though not knowing the reason of the jester’s anguish would be more powerful, the sadness feels genuine because it is not meant to be shared.
FiddleRiddle DiddleDiddle
FiddleRiddle DiddleDiddle
The historical context made it more relatable to me. The country is going into total catastrophe and the ruling class is decadent. The one person who cares is not in any position to fix it. I think such a "we're all doomed thanks to the rulers" perspective is very relatable to everyone, not just Poland.
Cvangemon
Cvangemon
Never knew the history of the painting but I've also thought of it as "Insight over all, power over none". A truly depressing fate.
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