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Artist of the moment …….. Georges Rouault

In the gallery below all works, except the first, are by Georges Rouault. The first one is by his mentor Gustave Moreau.


Price range information:  The artist worked in many mediums. Etchings can be had from $100 to $1000. Oils can get up $578,000. Aquatints can range from $1,000 to $20,000.

The artist was born in Paris, France in the year 1871. His family was rather poor. Rouault was an expressionist painter and produced a large amount of original art as well as prints. He loved the arts as a child and was encouraged by his mom. He became an apprentice to a local glass painter at the age of fourteen.

By working with painting glass, this lead the artist to  his technique of a heavy black ouline in nearly all his shapes. Whilst he was an apprentice Rouault continued to study art taking evening classes. In 1891 he began studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. This is the official art school of France. As a student he became the favorite student of the professor and reknown painter Gustave Moreau. Moreau was a painter of the surreal and painted in a romantic/ mystery genre. Below is an example of Moreau’s singature style. The two had great respect for each other and when Moreau died in 1898, Georges Rouault was made curator of the museum dedicated to Gustave Moreau.

As Rouault became older religous themes made their way into the artists work eventually become his favorite subject matter. The artist made many works of Christ.

Beginning in 1930 the artist had shows worldwide and was reknown internationally.

Like all French artists, this guy was very unique!  Toward the end of his life he burned nearly 300 works of art that he started but never finished. He burned them as he thought he wouldn’t live to finish them.

George Rouault passed away in 1958 at the age of 86.

I also found it interesting that his training in painting glass, was apparent in finding his own unique artistic style. Very similar to Grandma Moses who started out doing embroidery and when her hands became too bad to do needlecraft began painting.

The University of San Diego had a special exhibition of the artist’s Miserere series. Here a curator talks about the show.

As an expressionist painter it is thought that the artist was heavily influenced by Vincent Van Gogh.

From a style standpoint I would compare him to another French artist, Bernard Buffet. Both used great colour and flat shapes. Both also used black lines to outline the shapes used in their works. I wrote about Buffet not long ago, he was very productive and when he could no longer create art due to Parkinsons disease, he put his head in a plastic bag, taped it around his neck, and committed suicide. Both artists had oustanding use of colour and enjoyed flat shapes.

Try an expressionist painting today!

Only two more days until I see Vincent Van Gogh again!

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