Today’s “Ball” selection is by French academic painter Thomas Couture. In this scene our subjects are preparing for a sword duel, perhaps to settle a dispute which occurred earlier at the ball.
Based on Couture’s presentation, I assume our two duelers will be our fellow in the white clown costume and the slender gentleman in the colorful outfit. Whereas the former seems hesitant, lending over with his hands behind his back, the latter seem confident in his ability to win the duel. I would be surprised if the clown guy could even hold up the weight of that large sword. He’s definitely seems in over his head. Maybe this is his first time standing up for himself, or perhaps he did something rude which offended the other man.
Drama aside, Couture’s background supplies a wonderful rendering of the forest. Viewing the open space around our subjects, it feels as if they’re definitely secluded, and whatever transpires during the duel will be these mens’ secret.