Georges Rouault, 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:12 in x 8 3/16 in (30.5 cm x 20.8 cm)
Sheet:17 1/8 in x 13 3/8 in (43.5 cm x 34 cm)
Framed: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.
ID #w-2943
USD $6,000 GBP £4,500

Historical Description

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.

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