GEORGES ROUAULT (1871-1958) Christ guérissant un aveugle (Executed after 1930)

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Lot 59AR
GEORGES ROUAULT
(1871-1958)
Christ guérissant un aveugle

Sold for £ 25,062 (US$ 32,071) inc. premium
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FRENCH COLLECTION
GEORGES ROUAULT (1871-1958)
Christ guérissant un aveugle
signed 'G Rouault' (lower right)
pastel, brush, India ink and chalk on a printed base
59.4 x 46.1cm (23 3/8 x 18 1/8in).
Executed after 1930

Footnotes

  • The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Fondation Georges Rouault. This work will be included in the forthcoming supplement of the Georges Rouault catalogue raisonné, currently being prepared.

    Provenance
    Ambroise Vollard, Paris.
    Carlton Lake Collection, USA (acquired from the estate of the above in 1955); his estate sale, Christie's, New York, 2 May 2012, lot 120.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Literature
    I. Rouault & F. Chapon, Oeuvre gravé Rouault, Monte-Carlo, 1978, no. 139 (héliogravure illustrated p. 318).

    The present work is a unique and extensively hand-coloured example of a print that was to be originally included in Miserere. Rouault worked on this book project between 1922 and 1929, which was commissioned by his art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard. The series should have consisted of 100 héliogravures of Rouault's original compositions, reworked by the artist. However, Rouault abandoned the project after completing only 58 out of 100 due to the amount of work involved. Following the completion of Miserere, Rouault started working on the remaining 42 prints initially prepared for the project, and Christ guérissant un aveugle is a particularly beautiful example where Rouault applied several layers of pastel, ink and chalk over the printed base. The original héliogravure (as printed by Vollard) is illustrated in the catalogue raisonné of the printed oeuvre under number 139.
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