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Madness

I’d like to compare plate 38 and 39 of the Miserere series: In each of these images Rouault’s skill at reflecting the viewer in the subject is seen. The Chinese man in plate 38 is not so ethnically specific as to … Continue reading

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Restoration and the promise of new life

Plate 28 : “Celui qui croit en moi, fut-il mort, vivra” John 11:25 Having recently celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the liturgical calendar, these paintings by Georges Rouault speak to me as a Christian with a … Continue reading

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Death will always overcome us, but is there more?

Oppressed and left with little hope were the people of Europe after World War I, frightened and afflicted by acts of mankind. Where was the peace? Where was the hope for something better, something to turn the treacherous world around? … Continue reading

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Miserere plates 42 and 43

  Georges Rouault created the Miserere series as a response to World War I.  His aquatint plates depict humanity in a way that uncovers its follys.  For example, one of his paintings is entitled, “We believe ourselves kings.”  This painting … Continue reading

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Surrealism, Part the Second

This here is not a blog. Mais ceci est une blague. Whether or not you find me as punny as I do, I find this joke to be a valid description of the surrealist themes in the art that we … Continue reading

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Magritte’s images and L’autotisme

When seeing many of René Magritte’s paintings back to back (and with some repetition of works) over the nine minute video “René Magritte Les Peintures” certain patterns develop. There are various figures that continually recur in Magritte’s work: apples, clouds, men … Continue reading

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No longer bound by the shackles of reality

The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown. – Rene Magritte The unknown meanings of surrealist paintings such as those of Rene Magritte are precisely why this … Continue reading

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