From his earliest works, Georges Rouault selected subjects that combined a strong religious conviction together with a concern for suffering humanity. This lecture offers an overview of Rouault's work, including his paintings, prints, and stained-glass. It presents Rouault as an artist who, from his early work through his mature work, remained concerned about the disadvantaged, the outsiders, and the victims of war, and who linked all of these people to the suffering of Christ. In this way, Rouault’s engagement with the world was not so much political (although one can find political tones in his work) as it was sacred. It involved the totality of who we are—corporeal and spiritual.
Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., is the Founding Director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also May O’Rourke Jay Endowed Teaching Chair in Art History and Religion at Saint Louis University. Dempsey has curated over fifty-five exhibitions and is the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer. Learn more about the lecture at slu.edu/x47162.xml
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