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Georges Rouault

Le Vieux Clown, from Cirque, 1930

Aquatint in colors on paper
12 3/4 × 9 in
32.4 × 22.9 cm
Edition of 270
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Published by Vollard, Paris

Framed Dimensions 21.75 X 17.75 Inches

Condition Report: Matted and …

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Georges Rouault
French, 1871–1958
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A pioneering expressionist painter (influenced by the German Expressionists, though not formally associated with that group), Georges Rouault created pictures recognizable for the thick black brushstrokes that outline their subjects, as in le lutteur, no. 3 (1913). Rouault’s works resemble the cloissonisme of decorative glasswork, a look often attributed to the artist’s teenage years spent as a glass painter’s apprentice. In 1891 Rouault enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts and studied closely under Symbolist Gustave Moreau. He later associated with the Fauvists and collaborated with Henri Matisse and André Derain to organize the Salon d’Automne, an exhibition of progressive art rejected by the more conservative Paris Salon. But rather than create pleasing “armchair” pictures like those of many of his contemporaries, Rouault applied his rough painterly style to religious subjects, clowns, and circus performers, using these motifs to reflect on religion, morality, and modern life.

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Published by Vollard, Paris

Framed Dimensions 21.75 X 17.75 Inches

Condition Report: Matted and framed under glass. Mat burns; hard 2" crease from center left into the image. Not examined out of frame.

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Georges Rouault
French, 1871–1958
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A pioneering expressionist painter (influenced by the German Expressionists, though not formally associated with that group), Georges Rouault created pictures recognizable for the thick black brushstrokes that outline their subjects, as in le lutteur, no. 3 (1913). Rouault’s works resemble the cloissonisme of decorative glasswork, a look often attributed to the artist’s teenage years spent as a glass painter’s apprentice. In 1891 Rouault enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts and studied closely under Symbolist Gustave Moreau. He later associated with the Fauvists and collaborated with Henri Matisse and André Derain to organize the Salon d’Automne, an exhibition of progressive art rejected by the more conservative Paris Salon. But rather than create pleasing “armchair” pictures like those of many of his contemporaries, Rouault applied his rough painterly style to religious subjects, clowns, and circus performers, using these motifs to reflect on religion, morality, and modern life.

Georges Rouault

Le Vieux Clown, from Cirque, 1930

Aquatint in colors on paper
12 3/4 × 9 in
32.4 × 22.9 cm
Edition of 270
Bidding closed
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