The Fools day out – again


Jester statue from Stratford on Avon

It’s April Fools Day again as you will know when someone plays a ‘prank’ on you which you don’t find funny but have to laugh at otherwise you will be a bad sport……  I had a look at what I had written about this ‘hilarious’ day last year, and got a bit of a surprise –  ‘Fools rush in after 12PM and then feel a bit foolish’.  It includes a bit of Folklore, poetry and a dead fairy!

'Ship of Fools' by Bosch

Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch painted a whole ship of fools between 1490 – 1500.  The painting shows these people wasting their lives away in various trivial and worthless pursuits.  the painting is a fragment of a triptych and has the Allegory of intemperance at the bottom.

The Fool from the Rider Waite Tarot

The Fool as depicted in the Tarot cards, is always on a journey, carrying with him in his knapsack innocence and wisdom.  He heads out into the world or on a creative path with only his instincts – he is a free spirit.

Buffoon playing a Lute by Frans Hals

Frans Hals the Dutch painter (1580 -1666) painted his jovial Buffoon with lute in 1623 24 (also famous for his ‘Laughing Cavalier’ whose eyes follow the viewer and Hals’ painting of the Cavalier’s  intricate lace collar.  I like the way that Hals uses smears and splodges giving his surfaces a roughness.  Van Gogh himself was quite a fan.  He wrote to his brother Theo:-


‘What a joy it is to see a Frans Hals, how different it is from the paintings – so many of them – where everything is carefully smoothed out in the same manner.’

Having looked again at Hals again, I am inclined to agree with him.  What a great artist this man was. I think I really do need to do a piece about this old Master.


'April Fool' by Marilyn Manson

I was quite taken by this expressive painting.  It’s called ‘April Fool’ and is by American musician and artist Marilyn Manson.  Manson started his artistic career selling five-minute concept water colours to drug dealers.

Marilyn Manson April Fool here and info about him here

The ship of Fools Hieronymus Bosch information here

Interesting Hans Holbein alphabet Dances of Death here

Jester statue from here

6 thoughts on “The Fools day out – again

  1. Yes, he is a bit of a strange one (to say the least) I do love his use of colour though. The portrait is instantly recognisable too and makes a contrast 🙂 to the others. Thanks for commenting Leslie – always appreciated!

  2. Hi Art, just been back and had a look where I got it from – don’t know if its you but I’ve now put a link to the image! Happy fools day to you too 🙂

  3. I love Frans Hals’ paintings! His work in the museum in Haarlem is really memorable. Thanks for your posts and Happy April Fools Day to you. Al

    1. Thanks Al! Lucky you to have lots of his painting so near to you! I’m going to start looking at his work more closely. Its very lively and quite modern for the time. These old Masters still have things to show us. Thanks for visiting and your valid comments – appreciated!

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