Georges Rouault

Christ on the Cross

c. 1939
Through his expressionist treatment and tightly focused, intimate portrayal, Rouault modernized the representation of the crucifixion of Christ, both in paintings and in a series of prints. A devout Catholic, he apprenticed as a stained-glass maker at the age of 14. This experience not only intensified 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.
Title
Christ on the Cross
Date
c. 1939
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on paper, mounted on canvas
Dimensions
73.9 x 56.7 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Gift of G. Hamilton Southam, Ottawa, 1966
Accession number
14970