Today, we're going to visit with Mr. Punch's French cousin, Guignol. Though more physically sedate than Mr. Punch, Guignol is nonetheless equally a voice of the people. Just as Punch has inspired many an artist in many a medium, Guingol has found a place in the arts. In fact, Guignol may have served as the turning point in the career of Jean-Louis Hamon.
Though undoubtedly talented, as a young painter, Jean-Louis Hamon struggled for recognition—success eluding him at every turn. In 1850, eager to make a living, he began work in the manufacture of enameled Sèvresporcelain. Strangely enough, an enameled box painted by Hamon brought him the attention he’d always sought. The beautifully painted casket won awards at the 1851 London International Exhibition (The Great Exhibition).
|The Musée d'Orsay.|
|The Musée d'Orsay|
This masterwork is on display at The Musée d'Orsay.