Georges RouaultAbout our collection

The collection consists of almost 240 works by Rouault, which include paintings from every stage of his career, as well as some of his best-known prints from Miserere, Cirque de l'Étoile Filante, Les Fleurs du Mal, and other print cycles. These paintings and prints are displayed at the permanent Rouault Gallery, where the works are exhibited based on themes that change throughout the year.

From the collection

Paysage de nuit,dit aussi Le Bon Samaritain.
1897
Charcoal, watercolor and pastel on paper
70×96.7㎝
L’Illusionniste dit aussi Pierrot
1907
Oil and watercolor on cardboard
42.7×33.1㎝
"Lorsque tu dormiras, ma belle ténébreuse…"
(from Les Fleurs du Mal)
1927
Photogravure, sugar aquatint, dry-point, scraper etc. on paper
26.5×35.8㎝
Dors mon amour
(from Cirque de L’Etoile Filante)
1935
Sugar aquatint, aquatint on paper
30.8×21.3㎝
Christ
1937-38
Oil on paper lined onto linen
68.2×49㎝
Nocturne d’automne
1952
Oil on paper lined onto linen
74.8×100.2㎝
Madeleine
1956
Oil on paper lined onto linen
49.1×34.2㎝

Georges Rouault (1871 - 1958)

Born in Paris, Rouault apprenticed under stained glass artists before enrolling in the École des Beaux-Arts. There, he studied under Gustave Moreau, who appointed Rouault in his will as the first director of the Gustave Moreau Museum. Rouault took on this post in 1903. Around this time, Rouault began painting works featuring clowns and prostitutes. Starting in 1914, Rouault produced prints for the art dealer Ambroise Vollard. After 1918, his themes became increasingly religious. In his final years, Rouault produced oil paintings in which he applied color in a way that added luster to the work—a style unique to Rouault.