Expiation. The Loves of Pierrot. Panels for the Century Theater, New York (1917). Raphael Kirchner (Austrian, 1876-1917).
Salomé’s story was the subject of a play by Oscar Wilde that premiered in Paris in 1896. Salomé takes a perverse fancy for John the Baptist, and causes him to be executed when John spurns her affections. In the finale, Salomé takes up John’s severed head and kisses it. Here, Kirchner replaces John with Pierrot.
SPOOKY SHIT OF THE DAY: “Who, me?” look on my face while holding a severed head is my new look for spring.