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French artist Georges Rouault was a pioneering expressionist painter and a major figure in modern printmaking.

Rouault’s work is immediately recognizable for the thick black brushstrokes that outline their subjects and the glass-like look of his colors.  Indeed, this is unlikely to be mere coincidence; Rouault spent his teenage years as a stained glass maker’s apprentice.  He used etching and aquatint to create works recognized widely as having unprecedented color harmonies and expressive power.

Rather than create pleasing “armchair” pictures like those of many of his contemporaries, Rouault applied his rough painterly style to religious subjects, clowns, and circus performers, using these motifs to reflect on religion, morality, and modern life.  The theme of the circus was a major theme in Rouault’s work; he was fascinated by the contrast between the circus’ superficial brightness and the sadness of circus life.  This portfolio reflected Rouault’s attempt to strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.”

This work, entitled Margot, is part of Rouault’s Divertissement series.

Examples of this print can be found at the Museum of Modern Art and numerous other prominent institutions.

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Lithograph, Print

Signing, Dating, and Titling



Very Good Condition



Old Etchings


Original stone lithograph on paper, after the gouache
One of 1,200 copies printed on Vélin d’Arches
Published by Teriade, Paris, for Editions de la Revue Verve
Engraved and printed by the legendary French printers Draeger Frerés
February 1943
One of the edition of 1,200 aside from the forty copies on Chine and the thirty copies numbered I to XXX on Arches.
Signed in the plate en recto lower right.  With the title of the work printed on the verso of the Arches paper on which the picture is mounted.
Mounted by the publisher on a larger support sheet of Arches paper.  Originally framed by Associated American Artists for exhibition.  Reframed in its fine wood frame from the AAA exhibition behind 99% UV-filtering Plexiglass with a linen-wrapped mat.
Very good condition.  Toning consistent with age; tape remnants en verso.
Framed Size:
20.5 in. (h) x 17.75 in. (w) x 1 in. (d)
Sheet Size:
11 in. (h) x About 8 in. (w) , mounted on
Arches paper about 16 in. (h) x 12.5 in. (w)

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