GILLOT, Claude
(b. 1673, Langres, d. 1722, Paris)

Italian Comedians

Pen drawing
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Gillot was much attracted to the whole milieu represented by the Italian comedy and similar fairground theatre. He became involved in a variety of ways, and may have written for it as well as delineating it. Often preferring to use the pen, Gillot recreated and expanded scenes from the Commedia, with a rapid, lively grasp. He saw the potentiality, and the fascination, of this largely novel subject-matter. Under fancy costumes and exaggerated types, the 'comedy' is a thoroughly human one.