Six Masterpieces of Georges Rouault from Musee National d'Art Moderne (Centre Georges Pompidou), Paris
On 19 December, 2003, in the General Staff was opened an exhibition showing
six masterpieces of Georges Rouault (1871-1958) from the Musee National
díArt Moderne (Centre Georges Pompidou), Paris, supported by the Fondation
Georges Rouault (Paris) and the Consulate General of France in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition showcases the masterís best creations, which are counted
among the highest achievements of French art in the 20th century. They
present the art of Georges Rouault in space and time, expressed in various
genres over the artistís four most productive decades. The show focuses
on Rouaultís unique achievement, his Christian painting, represented by
two wonderful compositions The Holy Face (1933) and The Flight
to Egypt (c. 1946), alongside his best self-portrait The Apprentice
(1925), a grotesque representation of the latest democratic variety of
demagogue The Speaker (c. 1908-10), his most tragic canvas reacting
to the 2nd World War Homo homini lupus
The Parade (c. 1907-10) with its brilliant expressive spontaneity is one of the masterís best works in the circus series.
The best of Rouaultís few portraits are his self-portraits, including the renowned Apprentice (1925).
The Holy Face (1933) is one of the most tragic images created by Rouault.
During the war, Rouault was working at one of his gloomiest compositions Homo homini lupus. The Flight to Egypt (1946) is both an evangelical scene and a landscape, where characters are portrayed against the background of natureís sovereign beauty.
The exhibition curator is A.G. Kostenevich, Chief Research Assistant of the Hermitage Department of West European Art. The illustrated academic catalogue has been issued by Slaviya Publishers.