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ID number:  BIRBI-96.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Rouault, Georges (1871-1958)
Title / Object name:  Self-portrait No. 2
Object type:  Print
Culture:  French
Date made:  1926
Materials:  Lithograph
Provenance:  Purchased from William Weston Gallery, London, February 1996
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An accomplished painter, draughtsman and printer, Rouault found creative inspiration in the depths of human emotion and suffering. He often shows his subjects with closed eyes, preventing outward communication with the viewer and emphasising the internal contemplation which is taking place. This evocative self-portrait therefore seems to be made for the artist rather than for an unknown viewer. Though Rouault was known for representing the anguish of humanity, the softness of the lithographic medium and ambiguity of his facial expression leave it unclear whether Rouault is experiencing pain or spiritual meditation in this image.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps & c: inscr. and signed in pencil, l.r., outside image line: 34 [or 9] Georges Rouault

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