Georges Rouault, ‘Quatorze planches gravées pour Les fleurs du mal’, 1926, Sylvan Cole Gallery

Baudelaire, Charles.
Quatorze planches gravées pour Les fleurs du mal.
Paris: L'Etoile Filante, 1966.


Rouault executed the 14 plates in 1926. Jacquemin printed 500 impressions of each in 1927 for Ambroise Vollard, who kept them until his premature death.

In 1966 the book was finally published (using the original 1927 impressions, of course). Since many of the impressions had suffered some sort of damage, only 425 copies could be issued.

Printed on fine Arches wove paper.

Large folio (47.2 x 36.5 cm).

Loose as issued in original chemise and slipcase. FINE AND BRIGHT, WITH NO DEFECTS.

Chapon & Rouault 214-227.

Chapon & Rouault 214-227

About Georges Rouault

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.

French, 1871-1958, Paris, France, based in Paris, France

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