Georges Rouault, Le Cirque, Pair of Aquatints, 1930

Item no. 203275-128
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    • Pair of color aquatints on BFK Rives
    • France, 1930
    • Georges Henri Rouault (1871-1958) – French artist associated with the Fauvists
    • Each signed and dated in the plate ‘1930’
    • Chapon & Rouault 204
    • Full margins; matted
    • Plate dimensions, each: 13 x 9 in. (33 x 29 cm.)
    • Sheet dimensions, each: 17 ½ x 13 1/8 in. (44.5 x 33.3 cm.)
    • Good condition
    • This object is sold through our New York office
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    Rendered in the artist’s unmistakable emotive style, this set of aquatints depicts circus performers, each figure thickly outlined in black as they perform for the audience. Ballerinas and clowns are simplified into contoured forms that exemplify Rouault’s background as a glass painter.

    Georges Henri Rouault (French, 1871-1958)

    Born in Paris, Georges Rouault apprenticed for five years as a glass painter from the age of fourteen. The dark contouring and vivid colors displayed in his mature work has been strongly believed to originate from his early training. Rouault entered the esteemed École des Beaux-Arts in 1891 where he studied with Gustave Moreau. Also encountering the artists who would become part of the Fauvist movement, he was awarded the Prix Chenavard in 1894 and exhibited in major exhibitions from 1895 and on –notably at the controversial 1905 Salon d’Automne at which the label of Fauvism was coined. Painting in an instinctive and emotive style, Rouault also became interested in Spiritualism, social criticism, and existentialism with personal expression as his ultimate purpose. His first solo exhibition was at the Galerie Druet in 1910, and he gained international renown by 1930 with retrospectives in 1945 and 1948. His works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Hermitage Museum, Musée d’Orsay, and Kunstmuseum Basel.


    Each with pale time staining, otherwise in overall good condition.

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