Rouault, Georges, Le Vieil Homme Chemine (Old Man Walking), 1936
Georges Rouault, Etching Aquatint, Le Vieil Homme Chemine (Old Man Walking), 1936
|Artist:||Rouault, Georges (1871 - 1958)|
|Title:||Le Vieil Homme Chemine (Old Man Walking), 1936|
Original Etching and Aquatint
|Image Size:||12 5/8 in x 8 7/8 in (32.1 cm x 22.5 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||17 3/8 in x 13 7/16 in (44.1 cm x 34.1 cm)|
|Framed Size:||22 3/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.8 cm x 46 cm)|
|Signed:||Hand-signed by Georges-Rouault (Paris, 1871- Paris, 1958) in bluish black ink in the lower right margin; signed and dated in the plate 'GR 1935' in black in the lower left of the image.|
|Edition:||Rare, ink-signed progressive proof in black and grey printed on watermarked “verge de Montval” heavy cream colored laid paper; it is our belief that this proof accompanied the edition of 40 black ink impressions (from the total edition of 270).|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition, a rich impression with full margins.|
An old man strides forward carrying a large stick, able bodied despite his age. This rare, ink signed progressive proof perfectly captures Roualt's ability to depict the essence of his subjects, here providing a contradictory work in which we witness the old man's weathered, weary face yet see him walking proudly and confidently with the strength of a much younger man.
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| Designed in Rouault's signature style of bold black contour lines, this work
depicts an old man striding forward with a long, large object slung over his
shoulder. This man's weathered face reveals his age, yet his body appears youthful
and strong. He walks forward with a healthy stride, only slightly weighed down
by the object that he carries. Rouault beautifully balances the composition,
placing the old man in the center and creating a lovely parallel between the
diagonally slung object and the old man's striding left foot.
Created in 1936, this original color etching and aquatint was printed on watermarked "verge de Montval" cream colored laid paper. One of seventeen aquatints for André Suarès book of poems Passion. This work was printed by Roger Lacouriere, Paris and published by Ambroise Vollard. Signed in the plate with the artist's monogram, 'GR 1935' in black in the lower left side of the image and hand-signed by Georges Rouault (Paris, 1871- Paris, 1958) in bluish black ink in the lower right margin. This work is a rare, ink-signed progressive proof in black and grey; it is our belief that this proof accompanied the edition of 40 black ink impressions (from the total edition of 270).
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Wofsy, Alan, Georges Rouault The Graphic Work, listed as cat no 344 on pg 102 with details on pg 101.
2. Chapon, François, The illustrated books by Rouault, 1992, image listed on pg 178 with details on pg. 162.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
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Biography of Georges Rouault
French expressionist and religious painter. Georges Rouault was the son of a cabinetmaker. Trained as a maker of stained-glass windows (1885-90) before studying at the School of Fine Arts in Paris where he was encouraged to develop his talent (1891-98). After his conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1895 he concentrated on Biblical themes in his paintings, etchings and lithographs. In 1905 he exhibited with the Fauves (Matisse, etc) but wasn't influenced by them. Instead he came under the broader expressionist school which dealt with intensely felt human emotions (Chaim Soutine, Edvard Munch, etc). Georges Rouault also painted scenes from the street, prostitutes, judges and tragic clowns as well as some still lifes. His style was basically melancholy, portraying the tragedy of the human condition, but with hope in Jesus.