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Biography

Occupation: Painting, Printmaker
Movement: Fauvism, Expressionism
Education: Ecole des Beaux-Arts and School of Fine Arts, Paris
 
Georges Rouault's Famous Artworks
 "Fille," 1908
“Clown Tragique," 1911
“Clown" 1912
“The Three Judges," 1928
“Crucifixion," 1930
“Christ Mocked by Strangers,” 1932
“The Old King," 1937
“Head of a Woman," 1939
“Head of Christ," 1939
 
Georges Rouault was a French painter and printmaker whose subjects were clowns and prostitutes, which were later replaced by the figure of Christ. He was influenced by Fauvism and Expressionism. He has exhibited his artworks at several galleries worldwide.
 
Georges Rouault's Early Life
Rouault was born in Paris. His father was an artisan who built pianos. His grandfather was an art collector and he introduced Rouault to Gustave Courbet's works. At the age of 14, he started to apprentice as a glass painter and in the evenings took classes in School of Fine Arts, Paris. In 1891 he got through Ecole des Beaux-Arts and studied under the symbolist Gustave Moreau.
 
Georges Rouault's Creative Development
Rouault's early works are influenced by symbolism and medieval art. After Moreau's death in 1898 Roualt became the curator at Musee Moreau in 1903. He painted gouaches and watercolors during this time and his subjects were mostly workers and farmers. 
 
Georges Rouault's Career
Rouault's meeting with Henri Matisse, Albert Marquette, and other artists introduced him to the movement of Fauvism, a school of painting that focused on color over realistic representations. Although influenced by Fauvists, Rouault developed his own signature mode. His experience as a glazier made him invent a method in which he fractured his figures into shards and fissures of colors against a dark background. Georges Rouault's works stressed on bestowing luminosity onto his human subjects, while his dash of brush marks and the emphasis on gestures lent them a  sense of movement. From 1907 he started a series on clowns and prostitutes in an expressionistic style.  The epiphany to paint clowns flashed on him one evening when he encountered a caravan parked by the roadside. It was a circus troupe and his eyes fell on one old clown repairing his garish costume. He was befuddled to see the glaring contrast between the fine costume of the clown and the squalor of his marginalized and poor life. For him, clowns became an emblem of human existence in which every individual is a clown wearing a flashy costume. This insight that stressed on a difference between appearance and reality is summed up in his writings titled “Sunt Lacrymae Rerum,” which means that there are tears at the center of everything.
 
From 1914 onwards he started moving towards oil painting although he did not completely abandon watercolors.  His later works focused on religious subjects, especially on the theme of Passion of the Christ. He started using impasto style in which thick layers of color was used for painting. Under the patronage of art dealer Ambroise Vollard he moved towards engravings between the two World Wars and illustrated works like “Miserere” and “Les Réincarnations du Père Ubu” by Vollard. He also made prints, etchings, stained glass art, and lithographs. After Vollard's death, he won a lawsuit against Vollard's heirs and recovered many unfinished works under their possession.  Later he publicly destroyed 315 of his canvases because he did not think they were his best works. He died in Paris at the age of 87 in 1958. Art lovers can buy Georges Rouault's artworks online.
 
Georges Rouault's Major Exhibitions
1905  -  Salon d'Automne, Paris
1910  -  Galerie Druet, Paris
1945  -  MoMA, New York
1953  -  MoMA, New York
2001  -  de Saisset, Santa Clara
2006  -  MOBIA, New York City
2007  -  Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
2008  -  McMullen Museum, Massachusetts
 
Georges Rouault's Museums/Collections
Musee d' Orsay, Paris
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Tate Modern, London
The Art Institute of Chicago
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
National Gallery of Art, Canada
Norton Simon Museum, California 
 
Books/Publications
“Georges Rouault: Paintings and Prints” by James Thrall SOBY
“Georges Rouault's Miserere" by Frank And Getlein and Dorothy Getlein
“GEORGES ROUAULT CROWN ART LIB ” by Bernard Dorival
“Georges Rouault" by Lionello Venturi
“Rouault: A vision of suffering and salvation" by William A Dryness 
 

 

ART PRICES

LOT SOLD (1986 - 2009)

2757

MAX PRICE

$1,600,000

AVG PRICE

$372,228

TOTAL SALES (1986 - 2009)

$18,239,182

 Les Disciples by Georges Rouault

Georges Rouault

Les Disciples

Swann Galleries, New York

September 20, 2018

$4,500  USD

 Negro porter by Georges Rouault

Georges Rouault

Negro porter

James D. Julia Auctioneers, Fairfield

August 30, 2018

 USD

 Veille Courtisane by Georges Rouault

Georges Rouault

Veille Courtisane

RoGallery.com, New York

August 23, 2018

$450  USD

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