Oil on canvas
Framed: 103.5 x 134.6 x 11.4 cm (40 3/4 x 53 x 4 1/2 in.); Unframed: 75 x 105.4 cm (29 1/2 x 41 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Sampliner 1964.161
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
At the age of fourteen, Rouault worked as an apprentice to a glass painter and medieval window restorer. This early life experience is said to be the source of the heavy black lines that characterize his style.
Rouault, often associated with Expressionism and Fauvism, art movements that emphasized an emotional interpretation of subjects, stands out among avant-garde artists for placing his Christian faith at the center of his art. He painted this autumn landscape six years before his death. Figures wander in a broad landscape beneath a glowing sky, evoking associations with the biblical flight into Egypt. The jewel-like greens, blues, reds, and yellows encased in strong, dark lines reflect his early training as a stained glass window painter.
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