Georges Rouault / Ballet Dancer / 1906Georges Rouault
Ballet Dancer

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Creator Name: Rouault, Georges
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1871 - 1958
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Georges Rouault
Title: Ballet Dancer
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1906
Creation End Date: 1906
Creation Date: 1906
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: watercolor, ink and pastel on heavy white wove paper
Dimensions: H.28-1/8 x W.22 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 81.127
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilcox in memory of Alice M. O'Brien
Copyright: ? Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Well-known for his depictions of religious subjects, Rouault briefly turned to painting circus girls and dancers from the cabarets of Paris around 1906. They often came to his Montmartre studio to model and rest after moonlighting as prostitutes. Rouault saw these girls as tragic figures, modern victims of the absurdity of the human condition. Here, the ballet dancer becomes a pathetic figure, her gangly arms and legs protruding from an unwieldy body. Rouault heightens the power of the image by making references to stained glass through the watercolor's saturated blues and reds and its monumental format. By relating the ballet dancer to all of humanity, Rouault comments on the ultimate impoverishment of the human soul, a profound and familiar religious theme.

AMICA ID: MIA_.81.127
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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