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Georges Rouault "Les Visages" Engraving
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Lot 0461 Details
Wood engraving; signed in plate to bottom right corner; labeled and authenticated verso; measures approximately 15-1/2" x 17-1/4" with carved wooden frame and has a sight image of approximately 6-1/4" x 8"; in Good overall condition with very minimal wear to frame. Georges Henri Rouault (French, 27 May 1871-13 February 1958) was a French painter, draughtsman, and printer, whose work is often associated with Fauvism and Expressionism. Rouault was born in Paris into a poor family. His mother encouraged his love for the arts, and in 1885 the fourteen-year-old Rouault embarked on an apprenticeship as a glass painter and restorer, which lasted until 1890. This early experience as a glass painter has been suggested as a likely source of the heavy black contouring and glowing colors, likened to leaded glass, which characterize Rouault's mature painting style. During his apprenticeship, he also attended evening classes at the School of Fine Arts, and in 1891, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts, the official art school of France. There he studied under Gustave Moreau and became his favorite student. Rouault's earliest works show a symbolism in the use of color that probably reflects Moreau's influence, and when Moreau died in 1898, Rouault was nominated as the curator of the Moreau Museum in Paris.