Cantinflas

This work portrays the famous comedian “Cantinflas” (Mario Moreno). Considered the “Charlie Chaplin of Mexico,” he is best known to American audiences for his performance in Mike Todd’s Around the World in 80 Days (1956). In this 1948 painting the actor is shown on set, brightly lit, with three dark silhouettes in the foreground including a cameraman to the right and the director on the left, an allusion to the famous film producer Jacques Gelman, who acquired this painting as soon as it was made.