Available works by: Georges Rouault  French (1871 - 1958)  

Miserere

Artist’s Preface

I dedicate this work to my master, Gustave Moreau, and to my valiant and beloved mother who with unstinting patience watched over and aided my early efforts when I wandered at the crossroads, an ill-equipped young pilgrim of art. Let me add that both, in their own way, were endowed with the same smiling and encouraging nature, seldom found in these times of bitterness and offense in which we seem to live today.

Most of the subjects date from 1914-1918. They were originally drawn in Indian ink, and later, at Ambroise Vollard’s request, were transformed to copper plates. It was apparently desirable that a first impression on copper should be made. With these as a starting point, I have tried, taking infinite pains, to preserve the rhythm and quality of the original drawing. I worked unceasingly on each plate, with varying success, using many different tools. There is no secret about my methods. Dissatisfied, I reworked the plates again and again, sometimes making as many as twelve to fifteen successive states; for I wished them as far as possible to be equal in quality.

The engravings were printed under my careful supervision and were completed in 1927. Later Vollard had all the plates cancelled. After waiting twenty long years for their publication, which was postponed for different reasons, I was fortunate enough to recover the engravings in 1947, and entrusted their publication to the Etoile Filante, Paris.

It was planned that Andre Suares should write an accompanying text, unfortunately he was unable to do so.

The death of Vollard, the war, the Occupation and its consequences, and finally my lawsuit caused infinite delays. Though ever hopeful, there have been black moments when I despaired that these engravings, to which I have always attached a great significance, would ever be published. I rejoice that this has come to pass before I vanish from this planet.

If injustice has been shown toward Ambroise Vollard, let us remember that he had taste and a passion for making beautiful books, regardless of time; but it would have taken three centuries to have completed the works which he wanted, without considering our human limitations, to entrust to the artist. 

-George Rouault, Paris, 1948

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The Series

There are 58 plates in the series, which fall into two sections: Miserere, the artist’s plea for divine compassion, and Guerre, his castigation of man’s ultimate folly. Originally engraved between 1918 and 1928, they were exhibited for the first time in 1948 by Etoile Filante in Paris in a limited edition of 450 copies.

The etchings of the Miserere represent a continuation of the style which the artist practiced before World War I, but with certain modifications. The theme focuses more on the sufferings of humanity rather than the horror of the world. The impulse is pity more than condemnation. The sufferings of Christ are interwoven with those of man, often in explicit juxtaposition. Rouault wrote out titles by hand so they could be reproduced under each plate.

The second half of the series, entitled Guerre, is more replete with horrors. In some designs the parallel between the sufferings of Christ and those of man is emphasized but in a slightly different way, as a journey by man through the dark night in which the final release is witnessed through the sacrifice of Christ.

The portfolio of unbound sheets was printed on wove paper showing the Ambroise Vollard watermark. The colophon page accompanying the set is signed and numbered but none of the individual images were signed separately.

 

Sheet size: 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches.

Medium: Mixed etching

Edition of 425 (+ 25 HC)

Publisher: Société d’Édition l’Étoile Filante, Paris 1948

Printer: Jacquemin, Paris

MiserereCirqueLes Réincarnations du Père Ubu

Miserere : Plate 1. Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam. (Ps, 51:1) (Have mercy on me, God, according to Thy great mercy.). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 1. Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam. (Ps, 51:1) (Have mercy on me, God, according to Thy great mercy.).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 5/8 x 16 1/2
Stock Number: 50570
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Miserere : Plate 2. Jésus honni...(Jesus reviled...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 2. Jésus honni...(Jesus reviled...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 21 5/8 x 15 4/5 inches
Stock Number: 50571
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Miserere : Plate 49. Plus Le Coeur Est Noble at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 49. Plus Le Coeur Est Noble

Medium: Mixed etching technique
Year: Date of plate: 1926 Date of impression: 1948
Edition : 450
Publisher: Vollard & Etoile Filante, Paris
Size: 23 x 16 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 49103c
Price: $1250.00

Miserere : Plate 3. toujours flagellé... (forever scourged...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 3. toujours flagellé... (forever scourged...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 19 1/5 x 14 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 50572
Price: $1200.00

Miserere : Plate 4. se réfugie en ton cœur, va-nu-pieds de malheur. (take refuge in your heart, poor wanderer). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 4. se réfugie en ton cœur, va-nu-pieds de malheur. (take refuge in your heart, poor wanderer).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 19 x 14 3/5 inches
Stock Number: 50573
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Miserere : Plate 5. Solitaire, en cette vie d’embûches et de malices. (Alone in this life of pitfalls and malice). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 5. Solitaire, en cette vie d’embûches et de malices. (Alone in this life of pitfalls and malice).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : of 425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 4/5 x 16 2/5 inches
Stock Number: 51175
Price: $1450.00

Miserere : Plate 6. Ne sommes-nous pas forçats? (Are we not slaves?) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 6. Ne sommes-nous pas forçats? (Are we not slaves?)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 1/2 x 17 1/5 inches
Stock Number: 50575
Price: $1000.00

Miserere : Plate 7. nous croyant rois. (we believe ourselves kings). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 7. nous croyant rois. (we believe ourselves kings).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 1/5 x 16 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 50576
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Miserere : Plate 8. Qui ne se grime pas? (Who does not wear a mask?) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 8. Qui ne se grime pas? (Who does not wear a mask?)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 2/5 x 16 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 50577
Price: $8000.00

Miserere : Plate 9. Il arrive parfois que la route soit belle... (It happens, sometimes, that the way is beautiful...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 9. Il arrive parfois que la route soit belle... (It happens, sometimes, that the way is beautiful...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 14 3/4 x 20 inches
Stock Number: 50578
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Miserere : Plate 10. au vieux faubourg des Longues Peines. (in the old quarter of Long-Suffering). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 10. au vieux faubourg des Longues Peines. (in the old quarter of Long-Suffering).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 50579
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Miserere : Plate 11. Demain sera beau, disait le naufragé. (Tomorrow will be fair, said the castaway...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 11. Demain sera beau, disait le naufragé. (Tomorrow will be fair, said the castaway...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 20 x 14 1/16 inches
Stock Number: 50580
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Miserere : Plate 12. Le dur métier de vivre... (The hard task of living...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 12. Le dur métier de vivre... (The hard task of living...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 18 7/8 x 14 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50581
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Miserere : Plate 13. il serait si doux d’aimer. (to love would be so sweet). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 13. il serait si doux d’aimer. (to love would be so sweet).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 3/4 x 16 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50582
Price: $3800.00

Miserere : Plate 14. Fille dite de joie. (So-called good-time girl). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 14. Fille dite de joie. (So-called good-time girl).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 20 1/8 x 14 3/8 inches
Stock Number: 50583
Price: $800.00

Miserere : Plate 15. En bouche qui ut fraîche, goût de fiel. (in the mouth that was sweet, the taste of gall). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 15. En bouche qui ut fraîche, goût de fiel. (in the mouth that was sweet, the taste of gall).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 20 x 13 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 50584
Price: $800.00

Miserere : Plate 16. Dame du Haut-Quartier croit prendre pour le Ciel place réservée. (The Society lady fancies she has a reserved seat in Heaven). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 16. Dame du Haut-Quartier croit prendre pour le Ciel place réservée. (The Society lady fancies she has a reserved seat in Heaven).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 5/8 x 16 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50585
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Miserere : Plate 17. Femme affranchie, á quatorze heures, chante midi. (Emancipated woman, at two o

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 17. Femme affranchie, á quatorze heures, chante midi. (Emancipated woman, at two o'clock, cries noon).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 1/8 x 17 inches
Stock Number: 50586
Price: $1000.00

Miserere : Plate 18. Le condamné s’en est allé. (The prisoner is led away...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 18. Le condamné s’en est allé. (The prisoner is led away...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 19 7/8 x 13 5/8 inches
Stock Number: 50587
Price: $1000.00

Miserere : Plate 19. son avocat, en phrases creuses, clame sa totale inconscience... (his lawyer, in hollow phrases, proclaims his complete indifference...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 19. son avocat, en phrases creuses, clame sa totale inconscience... (his lawyer, in hollow phrases, proclaims his complete indifference...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 21 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches
Stock Number: 50588
Price: $1500.00

Miserere : Plate 21. Il a été maltraité et opprimé et il n’a pas ouvert la bouche. (He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth). (Isaiah 53:7) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 21. Il a été maltraité et opprimé et il n’a pas ouvert la bouche. (He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth). (Isaiah 53:7)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 7/8 x 16 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50590
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Miserere : Plate 22. En tantd’ordresdiver, lebeau métier d’ensemencerune terrehostile. (In so many different ways, the beautiful calling of sowing a hostile earth). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 22. En tantd’ordresdiver, lebeau métier d’ensemencerune terrehostile. (In so many different ways, the beautiful calling of sowing a hostile earth).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 1/4 x 17 inches
SOLD

Miserere : Plate 23. Rue des Solitaires. (Lonely Street). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 23. Rue des Solitaires. (Lonely Street).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 14 3/8 x 20 inches
Stock Number: 50592
Price: $800.00

Miserere : Plate 24. Hiver Lépre de la terre. (Winter, scourge of the earth). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 24. Hiver Lépre de la terre. (Winter, scourge of the earth).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 20 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 50593
Price: $950.00

Miserere : Plate 25. Jean-François jamais ne chante alleluia... (Jean-François never sings alleluia...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 25. Jean-François jamais ne chante alleluia... (Jean-François never sings alleluia...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 3/8 x 16 3/4 inches
Stock Number: 50594
Price: $1200.00

Miserere : Plate 26. au pays de la soif et de la peur. (in the land of thirst and fear). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 26. au pays de la soif et de la peur. (in the land of thirst and fear).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 16 3/4 x 22 7/8 inches
Description: tear in the mid left side 4 inches continuing from the edge and into the image. Expertly repaired
Stock Number: 50595
Price: $900.00

Miserere : Plate 27. Sunt lacrimæ rerum... (Virgil, Aeneid, I) (Mortality hath her tears...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 27. Sunt lacrimæ rerum... (Virgil, Aeneid, I) (Mortality hath her tears...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : of 425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 x 16 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 52274
Price: $1400.00

Miserere : Plate 29. Chantez Matines, le jour renaît. (Sing Matins, a new day is born). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 29. Chantez Matines, le jour renaît. (Sing Matins, a new day is born).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 20 1/8 x 14 3/8 inches
Stock Number: 50598
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Miserere : Plate 30. Nous...c’est en sa mort que nous avons été baptisés. (Rom 6:3)(We . . . it is in His death that we have been baptized). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 30. Nous...c’est en sa mort que nous avons été baptisés. (Rom 6:3)(We . . . it is in His death that we have been baptized).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 21 5/8 x 16 5/8 inches
Stock Number: 50599
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Miserere : Plate 31. Aimez-vous les uns les autres. (Jn 13:34) (Love one another). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 31. Aimez-vous les uns les autres. (Jn 13:34) (Love one another).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 3/8 x 16 3/4 inches
SOLD

Miserere : Plate 32. Seigneur, c’est vous, je vous reconnais. (Lord, it is thou, I know Thee...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 32. Seigneur, c’est vous, je vous reconnais. (Lord, it is thou, I know Thee...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 3/4 x 17 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 50601
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Miserere : Plate 33. et Véronique au tendre lin, passe encore sur le chemin... (and Veronica is still among us with her veil of compassion...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 33. et Véronique au tendre lin, passe encore sur le chemin... (and Veronica is still among us with her veil of compassion...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 17 1/4 x 16 7/8 inches
Stock Number: 50602
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Miserere : Plate 34. Les ruines elle-mêmes ont péri. (Lucian, Pharcale IX, 969) (Even the ruins have been destroyed). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 34. Les ruines elle-mêmes ont péri. (Lucian, Pharcale IX, 969) (Even the ruins have been destroyed).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 50603
Price: $900.00
SOLD

Miserere : Plate 35. Jésus sera en agonie jusqu’a la fin du monde. (Pascal, Pensées) (Jesus will be in agony even to the end of the world). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 35. Jésus sera en agonie jusqu’a la fin du monde. (Pascal, Pensées) (Jesus will be in agony even to the end of the world).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 x 16 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50604
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Miserere : Plate 36. Ce sera la dernière, petit père! (This will be the last time, dear father!) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 36. Ce sera la dernière, petit père! (This will be the last time, dear father!)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 3/8 x 17 inches
Stock Number: 50605
Price: $1400.00

Miserere : Plate 37. Homo homini lupus. (Plautus, Asinaria, II, 4, 88) (Man is a wolf to man). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 37. Homo homini lupus. (Plautus, Asinaria, II, 4, 88) (Man is a wolf to man).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 1/8 x 16 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 50606
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Miserere : Plate 38. Chinois inventa, dit-on, la poudre á canon, nous en fit don. (The Chinese, they say, invented gunpowder, and made us a gift of it). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 38. Chinois inventa, dit-on, la poudre á canon, nous en fit don. (The Chinese, they say, invented gunpowder, and made us a gift of it).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 7/8 x 16 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 50607
Price: $1000.00

Miserere : Plate 39. Nous sommes fous. (We are mad). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 39. Nous sommes fous. (We are mad).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50608
Price: $900.00

Miserere : Plate 40. Face á face. (Face to face). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 40. Face á face. (Face to face).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50609
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Miserere : Plate 41. Augures... (Omens...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 41. Augures... (Omens...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 20 1/8 x 17 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50610
Price: $1200.00

Miserere : Plate 43. Nous devons mourir, nous et tout ce qui est notre. (Horace, Ars Poetica, 63) (We must die, we and all that is ours). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 43. Nous devons mourir, nous et tout ce qui est notre. (Horace, Ars Poetica, 63) (We must die, we and all that is ours).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 20 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches
SOLD

Miserere : Plate 44. Mon doux pays, où êtes-vous. (My sweet country, what has become of you?) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 44. Mon doux pays, où êtes-vous. (My sweet country, what has become of you?)

Series: Misere
Medium: Mixed etching
Printer: Jacquemin, 1922 - 1927
Publisher: Société d'Édition l'Étoile Filante, Paris 1948
References: C & R 97d
Size: 16 5/8 x 23 1/2 inches
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Miserere : Plate 45. La Mort l’a pris comme il sortait du lit d’orties. (Death took him as he rose from his bed of nettles). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 45. La Mort l’a pris comme il sortait du lit d’orties. (Death took him as he rose from his bed of nettles).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 21 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50614
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Miserere : Plate 46. Le juste, comme le bois de santal, parfume la hache qui le frappe. (The just man, like sandalwood, perfumes the blade that cuts him down). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 46. Le juste, comme le bois de santal, parfume la hache qui le frappe. (The just man, like sandalwood, perfumes the blade that cuts him down).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 1/4 x 16 5/8 inches
Stock Number: 50615
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Miserere : Plate 47. De profundis. (Ps 129:1) (Out of the depths...) at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 47. De profundis. (Ps 129:1) (Out of the depths...)

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 17 1/8 x 23 3/4 inches
Stock Number: 50616
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Miserere : Plate 48. Au pressoir le raisin fut foulé. (In the wine-press, the grape was crushed). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 48. Au pressoir le raisin fut foulé. (In the wine-press, the grape was crushed).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 15 5/8 x 19 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50617
Price: $800.00

Miserere : Plate 49. Plus le cœur est noble, moins le col est roide. (The nobler the heart, the less stiff the collar). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 49. Plus le cœur est noble, moins le col est roide. (The nobler the heart, the less stiff the collar).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 23 1/8 x 16 3/4 inches
Stock Number: 50618
Price: $1400.00

Miserere : Plate 50. Des ongles et du bec. (Tooth and nail). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 50. Des ongles et du bec. (Tooth and nail).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 22 7/8 x 17 5/8 inches
Stock Number: 50619
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Miserere : Plate 51. Loin du sourire de Reims. (Far from the smile of Rheims). at Davidson Galleries

Georges Rouault French (1871 - 1958)

Plate 51. Loin du sourire de Reims. (Far from the smile of Rheims).

Medium: Mixed etching
Edition : 208/425 (+ 25 HC)
Size: 20 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 50620
Price: $1000.00