Saturday, 11 April 2009

It's Written All Over His Face


Judging from his sad eyes and resigned expression, this man has had more than his fair share of disappointment, of tears rather than laughter. How ironic that it should be the great comic Groucho Marx...
Photo: Richard Avedon

7 comments:

sallymandy said...

I do think sometimes the 'funniest' people are the saddest.

e te b said...

have seen the exib in Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, last autumn. Loved the portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the Waldorf Astoria suit 28A.
The picture is shot at the moment Avedon tell´s the WIndsor´s about the dead of his dog.

Jane said...

'The tears of a clown'. I agree Sallymandy. It's ofeten the 'funniest' people who are the saddest. It's also true that many comedians are the ones who most lack confidence. Surely though, knowing the amount of people he had given pleasure to must have made him smile sometimes.

Profoundly Superficial said...

Yes, e te b, the story about Richard Avedon getting that fabulous shot of the Windsors by telling them about the dead dog is truly inspired, as is his subsequent comment that Their Nazi Highnesses clearly "preferred dogs to Jews" Ouch!!

The Clever Pup said...

Hello Annie, Thanks for visiting my site today. I've visited yours many times probably due to our connection with Sallymandy.

e te b said...

can´t trust any royal..

drollgirl said...

that is a trip. they say it is true about many comics, which is sad.