Lines Etched with the Weight of Life: Georges Rouault's Miserere

Georges Rouault (French, 1871–1958), <em>Miserere</em>, 1923, etching and aquatint over heliogravure. Gift of Mr. Leonard Scheller, 1974.108.006 © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Reproduction, including downloading of Georges Rouault works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Georges Rouault (French, 1871–1958), Miserere, 1923, etching and aquatint over heliogravure. Gift of Mr. Leonard Scheller, 1974.108.006 © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Reproduction, including downloading of Georges Rouault works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

O'Shaughnessy West January 13–March 10, 2013

Considered a monument of twentieth-century printmaking, Georges Rouault’s Miserere, a series of 58 large-scale prints produced using innovative graphic techniques, presents visitors with one of the greatest modernist interpretations of religious iconography. Rouault responded to the ravages of World War I by creating aggressive, sparse, and grand compositions, which attain a pitch of tragedy and salvation rarely achieved by his contemporaries.

The Miserere series on display was the generous gift of Mr. Leonard Scheller.  Research assistance was provided by Kirsten Appleyard, M.A. '11.