May 27, 2017
Georges Rouault (1871-1958), Prussian Officer, aquatint, 25 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.
French artist Georges Rouault was born on this day in 1871. Rouault developed an interest in art as a young age, as he was apprenticed to a glass painter. Rouault eventually enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the premier school of art in the country. Rouault was one of the early adopters of Fauvism, an artistic movement that favored bold colors and shapes over the true representational style of the Impressionists. In the early 1900s, Rouault’s subject matter shifted to reveal more of a social criticism, and his style morphed as well, developing into the style that would be categorized as Expressionism.