Georges Rouault Original Vintage Etching Aquatint. Signed Image Plate #39

Title is : Nous sommes fous (We are Insane) This title references the notion in spirituality that man has his priorities backwards. He goes about his day unconscious of himself. His true essence. To be sane would require a reset of his priorities that would set him on an awakened path of spiritual enlightenment . To be conscious. I have seen this etching offered for as much as $7500.00 online. I am willing to entertain offers. See also my other Rouault etchings offered on Ebay. Text below is from a google search of this Etching Aquatint.
Medium: original etching, aquatint, drypoint and roulette. Plate #39 of the "Miserere" series. Catalogue reference: CR . Executed in 1922 and published by the firm L'Etoile Filante in 1948 in an edition of 450 (the first and only printing). Plate size: 2211/16 x 16 7/8 inches (555 x 430mm) on Arches wove paper with deckle edges and full original margins; a rich and magnificent impression. Signed in the plate; Rouault did not hand-sign any impressions from this series.
The Miserere series is considered Rouault's greatest accomplishment; and indeed, one of the masterpieces of 20th Century printmaking. Rouault is a contemporary of Braque and Chagall, Matisse.

Georges Rouault (1871-1958) was born in a working-class suburb of Paris. Encouraged by his grandfather, he began drawing as a child

In 1902 Georges Rouault helped to found the Salon d'Automne where he exhibited his work along with the Fauves and Indépendants, two groups of artists not included in the official Salon of the French Royal Academy. Rouault was thirty-eight when he had his first solo exhibition in Paris. Rouault received major recognition for his work in 1937, when his paintings were displayed in conjunction with the Paris World's Fair.

Rouault, a devout Catholic, painted images of Christ, along with prostitutes, lawyers, judges and clowns as part of a commentary on the corruption of society. He believed in the teaching of the Gospel and stated that his "only ambition is to be able to paint a Christ so moving that those who see Him will be converted."

The art dealer Ambroise Vollard (1865-1939) commissioned Rouault to produce prints for a two volume edition. For this project, entitled Miserere et Guerre, Rouault was to create a hundred images which would appear with text by the poet André Suarès. Rouault started the series in 1914 and continued working on it through World War I and again from 1922 until 1927. Vollard became Rouault's sole agent and employer after 1916. Vollard and his family retained control of the images until 1947, at which time Rouault prevailed in court and then published his collection of prints as a single volume entitled Miserere in 1948.

To create this series, the artist had his preliminary drawings photographically transferred onto copper plates using a process known as heliogravure. Rouault then reworked each plate using a variety of intaglio printmaking techniques. The term intaglio means "to cut in" and refers to aquatint, drypoint, and etching processes. Each of these techniques used by Rouault involves incising or engraving a metal plate either chemically or with a drypoint instrument such as an etching needle or burrin. Both aquatinting and etching require use of an acid-resistant material called a ground and an acid bath which pits the surface. In some instances Rouault made as many as fifteen successive impressions or states of a single image before being satisfied.

Many of the themes found in Georges Rouault's paintings are repeated in the Miserere series. In the first part of the series, the ...
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