Georges Rouault, Christ au Faubourg (Christ in Faubourg) from Passion, 1935
Signed Georges Rouault etching, Christ au Faubourg (Christ in Faubourg) from Passion, 1935
|Artist:||Georges Rouault (1871 - 1958)|
|Title:||Christ au Faubourg (Christ in Faubourg) from Passion, 1935|
|Medium:||Original Etching and Aquatint|
|Image Size:||12 in x 8 3/16 in (30.5 cm x 20.8 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||17 1/8 in x 13 3/8 in (43.5 cm x 34 cm)|
|Framed Size:||22 3/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.8 cm x 46 cm)|
|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).|
|Signature:||This work is 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.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition, a rich impression with full margins.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Designed in Rouault’s signature style of bold black contour lines, this work depicts Christ amongst the common people in Faubourg, a poor, factory-ridden city quarter in France. Rouault clouds the sky with smoke, and places the tall factory pillars at the center of the composition as four, foreboding vertical lines. In the lower part of the composition, people walk with heads bowed in a state of despair. Christ, the tallest figure in white, appears to comfort the masses, providing a sense of hope despite their miserable living conditions.
Created in 1935, 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:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).
1. Wofsy, Alan, Georges Rouault The Graphic Work, listed as cat no 338 on pg 101 with details on pg 101.
2. Chapon, François, The illustrated books by Rouault, 1992, image listed on pg 165 with details on pg. 162.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
What Do I Get With My Purchase?
The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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Georges Rouault Biography
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.