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Georges Rouault
LE VIEUX CLOWN
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 481,000 USD
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129
Georges Rouault
LE VIEUX CLOWN
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 481,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Georges Rouault
1871 - 1958
LE VIEUX CLOWN
Signed and dated G. Rouault 1904 (upper center)
Gouache, pastel, brush and ink and crayon on paper laid down on board
28 1/2 by 18 in.
72.4 by 45.7 cm
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Provenance

George Gershwin, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Gershwin, New York
Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Acquired from the above in 1969

Exhibited

Los Angeles, Department of Muncipal Art, 1952 
New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1952
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Presence des Maîtres, no. 46, illustrated in color
Smith College Museum of Art, on temporary loan

Literature

R. H. Wilenski, Moderne Franzosiche Maleri, Berlin, 1964, p. 296 
Bernard Dorival & Isabelle Rouault, Rouault, L'oeuvre peint, Monaco, 1988, vol. I, no. 109, p. 48

Catalogue Note

Executed in 1904, Le Vieux clown is an emblematic icon which Rouault repeated continuously throughout his career.  Clowns were, according to Lionello Venturi, "the dream of Rouault's life."  These nomadic entertainers represented freedom and naiveté, and were for Rouault a release from his focus on prostitutes and other darker images of life.  The clown was a craftsman practicing an art uncomplicated by the problems of the day.  Venturi continues, "When he paints clowns, however, the grotesque becomes amiable, even lovable. . .  colors grow rich and resplendent, almost as if the artist, laying aside his crusader's arms for a moment, were relaxing in the light of the sun and letting it flood into his work" (Lionello Venturi, Rouault, Lausanne, 1959, pp. 21 and 51).

 

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