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Untitled #410
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Untitled #410 2003

Not on display

Cindy Sherman began her ‘Clowns’ series of photographs in 2003. As a logical progression of her interest in dressing up, the photographs explore the range of emotions that can lie behind the painted face of a clown. The series was inspired by an article of clothing, a pair of pyjamas with fur-like buttons, which the artist purchased at a yard sale. In this photograph, the clown’s outfit of a rather frumpy patterned skirt and frilled blouse seems to be at odds with her riotous make-up and cowboy hat. While the costume and hand suggest a middle-aged woman, the face is dramatically different. The digitally-manipulated background to the clown refers to traditional, brightly-coloured circus posters.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4722
  • Medium Colour photograph on pvc board
  • Size 141.00 x 101.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2004