Armond Henrion (1875-1958)

Armand Henrion was born in Liege, Belgium May 30, 1875, and died in Paris in 1958. Although Henrion was born in Liege, he is considered a figure and portrait painter from the French School (he became a naturalized citizen of France). Henrion's formal education is unknown. According to exhibition records, he was a regular exhibitor at Salons throughout Paris and Belgium. He became know for his small portraits which captured the facial expressions of clowns laughing, singing, smoking (pipes and cigarettes) and other reactions in mime, Pierrot. Quite often Henrion would himself dress up in full face paint, cap, Pierrot adornment, make faces into a mirror and paint himself to come up with these fascinating pieces.