Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Opens Georges Rouault The Sacred and the Profane

. November 16, 2010 . 0 Comments

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum has opened Georges Rouault The Sacred and the Profane, on view through 13th of February 2011.

Georges Rouault. The Sacred and the Profane Exhibition presents 156 works of art, including oil paintings, etchings and even one of the artist’s stained glass windows, will allow visitors to discover one of the most outstanding artists of the XX century for themselves. In spite of the fact that some of the artist’s most important works such as Parade (c. 1907-1910), L’apprenti-ouvrier (1925), Veronique (1945) and the Miserere series of etchings (of which the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum has 4 prints) will be on display, the Exhibition cannot be considered a conventional Retrospective as such. Its originality resides in its exhibiting a fair number of hitherto unknown and unfinished works from Rouault’s studio – to which the artist rarely granted access – that his wife, Marthe Rouault, donated to France in 1963.

By offering such a wide selection of works organised by Exhibition Commissar, Angela Lampe, Curator of the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum will give visitors the opportunity to delve deeper into the work of the artist and follow his evolution from his first works executed with dominant blues and expressive scribbles to his final works in which he used warmer colours and thicker layers of paint.

Furthermore, the close relationship that exists between the sacred and the profane subject matters serves to emphasise Rouault’s profound concern for the human condition. Rouault, with his sort of spiritual expressionism, created one of the most original pictorical works of the past.

Image: Georges Rouault in his studio. 1953 Photography by Yvonne Chevalier

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