Georges Rouault “Quotes” | French Expressionist (1871-1958)

June 8, 2009

Georges Rouault “Quotes”
The artist discards all theories, both his own and those of others. He forgets everything when he is in front of his canvas.

The conscience of an artist worthy of the name is like an incurable disease which causes him endless torment but occasionally fills him with silent joy.

A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human.

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.

I am a believer and a conformist.

My only objective is to paint a Christ so moving that those who see him will be converted.

Nothing is old, nothing is new, save the light of grace underneath which beats a human heart. The way of feeling, of understanding, of loving; the way of seeing the country, the faces that your father saw, that your mother knew. The rest is chimerical.

Often pagans, with their eyes wide open, do not see very clearly.

Subjective artists are one-eyed, but objective artists are blind.

Georges Rouault Biography
Georges Henri Rouault (27 May 1871 – 13 February 1958) was a French Fauvist and Expressionist painter, and printmaker in lithography and etching.

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