From his earliest works, Georges Rouault selected subjects that combined a strong religious conviction together with a concern for suffering humanity. This lecture by MOCRA Director Terrence Dempsey, SJ, offers an overview of Rouault's work, including his paintings, prints, and stained-glass.
He 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.
Learn more about Terrence Dempsey, SJ, and the lecture at slu.edu/mocra/events/past-events.php?pagetitle=terrence-e.-dempsey%2C-s.j.-georges-rouault-and-the-art-of-sacred-engagement&editart=151
This video was made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Commission.