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.
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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.