Detail View

Bittersweet
Date: 1938
Dimensions: image: 12 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (30.8 x 21 cm) sheet: 17 5/8 x 13 3/8 in. (44.8 x 34 cm) mat: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Medium: aquatint
Credit Line: Director's Fund Purchase
Label Text: A devout Catholic, Rouault's art is also concerned with suffering. His focus, however, is timeless and spiritual in nature. An image that Rouault repeatedly returned to was that of the old clown. The artist depicted the clown as a tragic figure, who, even when he is tired and lonely, was forced to make others laugh. For Rouault, the clown with his painted face is symbolic of the spiritual conflict between our false and true selves. Early in life Rouault was trained to work with stained glass. This, in part, explains the heavy black lines the artist used to give his images emotional power.
Object Number: 1966/7.77
Currently not on view