Cactus Gallery LA
PUPPET’S THEATER by artist Joe Alvarez
Acrylic on wood, 11 1/2” × 15”
This piece is inspired by the part when Pinocchio forgoes school for a visit to The Great Marionette Theatre. He sells his school book in order to buy a ticket for the show. The marionettes on stage recognize him in the audience and call out to him, angering the puppet master Mangiafuoco. The puppet master initially decides to use Pinocchio as firewood but ultimately releases him and gives him five gold pieces to give to Geppetto.