In 1966 Edward revisits these two themes in a self-portrait with Jo. On a large empty stage, they make their final bow while holding their hands each other. Death was coming : Edward left in 1967 and Jo in 1968.
They have white clothes like Pierrot and Pierrette, the melancholic clown and his muse from the Commedia dell'Arte. The long cloth fits Edward's tall figure. Faces are wrinkled and made up. He is wearing the hat of Watteau's Pierrot.
This oil on canvas 74 x 102 cm is a poignant tribute to theater and the last fantasy of this austere illustrator of life. It has long belonged to Sinatra. It is estimated $ 12M for sale by Sotheby's in New York on November 16, lot 15.
SOLD for $ 12.5M including premium