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GEORGES ROUAULT

 1871-1958

Avant-Garde French Expressionist Painter

Education: apprenticed to stained glass studio and later studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Georges Rouault Inspirational Art Quotations


Anyone can revolt. It is more difficult silently to obey our own inner promptings, and to spend our lives finding sincere and fitting means of expression for our temperament and our gifts. -- Georges Rouault


For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.-- Georges Rouault


My ambition is to be able to someday paint a Christ so moving that those who see Him will be converted. -- Georges Rouault

 

 

 

Georges Rouault Artistic Inspirations

 mystical subjects

disreputable ladies

carnival workers

Christ

tragic clowns

 acrobats

 Spiritual Catholic imagery

Museums and Public Collections holding Georges Rouault paintings

State Heritage Museum, Russia

 Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne

 Wright Museum Collection

 Norton Simon Museum

 Tehran Museum of Art

 Il Santo Volto
 
 Haggerty Museum of Art
 
 Guilford College

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Key Descriptive Words and Phrases associated with Expressionist Painting -   Germany, early 20th century, emotional effects, emotional experience, avant-garde, emotional angst, Herwarth Walden, Der Sturm, Entartete Kunst, graphic art, Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, Friedrich Nietzsche, psychological depths, symbolic colors, exaggerated imagery, human psyche, exaggeration, primitivism, jarring colors, self-expression, expression intensity, printmaking, psychological,emotional themes, existential anguish, industrial modern age, individual genius, sense of movement, energy

 

 

Information About The Expressionist Art Movement

"To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating life." - Egon Schiele

The Expressionist art movement was conceived in opposition to Impressionism.  The Expressionist painters required emotional drama, pure color and innovation. James Ensor, Belgian, Expressionist  Painter observed, "My art tends toward the literary. My pictures tend toward the outskirts of painting: But why generalize? It is possible to realize one thing or another, according to the impressions gained from one point of view or another. But it is too difficult to make a general rule. "
 

They disdained dreamy landscapes, water lilies and Japanese bridges. Controversial Austrian Expressionist Painter, Egon Schiele  asserted, "I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds." Expressionist painters looked inward at their own emotions, and less upon the outside world for inspiration. Painters of the Expressionist generation grew up on the battlefield, witnessing wartime atrocities and returning to war ravaged countries.

The German Expressionists,
George Grosz,
 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde and Oskar Kokoschka  dominated the art scene with powerful, emotional work based on the human struggle and futility of war. Their art-work was born in a world of confusion and social collapse. Franz Marc declared "Blue is the male principle, astringent and spiritual. Yellow is the female principle, gentle, gay and spiritual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour to be opposed and overcome by the other two."

The Greatest Expressionist Painters of All Time

James Ensor  Belgian, 1860-1949  Expressionist Painter

Alexei Jawlensky  Russian, 1864-1941  Expressionist Painter

Ernst Kirchner  German, 1880-1938   Expressionist Painter

Paul Klee  Swiss, 1879-1940 Expressionist Painter

August Macke  German, 1887-1914   Expressionist Painter

Franz Marc  German, 1880-1916  Expressionist / Fauvist

Edvard Munch Norwegian, 1863-1944  Symbolist/Expressionist

Emil Nolde German, 1867-1956  Expressionist Painter

Rouault  French, 1871-1958   Expressionist Painter

Egon Schiele Austrian, 1890-1918   Expressionist Painter

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