Myself as a Beekeeper
1959 | Oil on Linen | 48x30 (approx.)
A take-off on Watteau's Gilles
, in the Louvre.
Gilles, the clown figure in the Commedia dell'Arte
I thought I could emulate my grandfather, a great warrior, long distance runner,
and company commander of the 4th Infantry Regiment, NJNG.
He kept bees.
After getting stung any number of times & having to dress myself as in the painting,
I realized that I was more of a clown than my rock-steady grandfather.