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    GEORGES ROUAULT (French 1871-1958)
    Les Misereux, 1911
    Watercolor and india ink on paper mounted on board
    11in. in diameter
    Signed and dated bottom center: G. Rouault 1911
    Rowland Browse & Delbanco, London label on verso inscribed: La Famille/ Georges Rouault/ from the collection of Lord Bernstein
    This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist
    Provenance: The collection of Lord Bernstein; Rowland Browse & Delbanco, London; [Bonham's, London November 22, 2000 lot 47]; private collection, Middlesex, England

    Georges Rouault was born the son of a cabinetmaker and his earliest education was from his grandfather, a man who possessed a strong knowledge of and appreciation for art. During grammar school, Rouault displayed skill in drawing and his art teacher encouraged his talents. As a young man, he apprenticed to a stained glass artisan and there he learned to restore medieval stained glass windows. This experience later influenced his painting style and his choice of subject matter -- religion.
    Rouault began evening classes at the Ecole National des Arts and later studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He befriended artist Gustave Moreau, who took young Rouault under his wing and encouraged him. Around 1900 Rouault radically changed his painting style and began working out new techniques and concepts. He exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in 1903 along with Matisse and other artists. Rouault was inspired by the theme of sin and salvation, and focused on religious subjects, prostitutes, judges, and tribunals. In 1916 Rouault illustrated a number of books and for some time focused entirely on printmaking. From this period came numerous etchings and aquatints entitled Miserere. He resumed painting in 1927. Rouault also made ceramics and created designs for theater sets, tapestries, and stained glass windows. His artwork is housed in important museums, including The Hermitage, St. Petersburg; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; MF DeYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California; and the Musée d'Art Moderne, Lille, France.


    Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000.

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    Condition: appears to be in good condition

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