Christ on the Cross, 1939 ?
French, 1871 - 1958
oil on paper, mounted on canvas
73.9 x 56.7 cm
Gift of G. Hamilton Southam, Ottawa, 1966
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14970)
Georges Rouault modernized the representation of the crucifixion of Christ, both in paintings and in a series of prints entitled "Miserere", through his expressionist treatment and tightly focused, intimate portrayal. Rouault was a devout Catholic. He apprenticed as a stained-glass maker at the age of 14, and this experience not only strengthened his love of religious subject matter, but may also account for his interest in symmetrical compositions and his use of black outlines to emphasize Christ's body.
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