The Magnificent Works of Georges Rouault: Sacred Art and Modernity

Shiodome Museum | Rouault Gallery

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Sacred art plays a central role in the oeuvre of Georges Rouault (1871 -1958), one of the most important French artists of the 20th century. The exhibition will use these works to explore Rouault’s lifelong pursuit of depicting the immaculate beauty of love. Rouault was a devout Christian who produced many works throughout his life that depicted religious motifs, such as the Cross and the Crucifixion. Through these motifs, he expressed the concepts of human suffering, grace, and forgiveness. These works of sacred art continue to captivate people from a wide range of cultural and geographic backgrounds. Although Rouault chose traditional subjects, the methods he employed in his art were revolutionary for their time. His themes, meanwhile, reflect a deep insight into the society and people of his era. It is this modernity that the exhibition will explore, through looking at the meanings behind his works of sacred art. Consisting of 90 works—primarily oil paintings—the exhibition will represent a diverse overview of Rouault’s art. Highlights will include Automne ou Nazareth and other works which Vatican Museums will lend out to Japan for the first time. In addition, many masterpieces from Rouault’s late period will make their way to the exhibition from Paris. Some of Rouault’s best-known depictions of Christ’s face and biblical landscapes from domestic and overseas collections will also be on display.

Lecture “My Grandfather Georges Rouault and ‘Miserer’”
Speaker: Georges Rouault Foundation Director
Date: Sep. 29 (Sat) 14:00–15:30 (with interpretation)
Reservations required. Please see the official website for details.


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from September 29, 2018 to December 09, 2018
Closed on Wednesdays, except for Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5.


Georges Rouault



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