Verlaine

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Verlaine

Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)


Rouault's portrait of Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) was modeled on a death mask of the mystic poet that Rouault so admired for its preservation of Verlaine's strong features and of the inner man that he kept the cast in his studio for years.

Ambroise Vollard, who published this lithograph, was also a strong admirer of Verlaine.  When Vollard turned to book publishing in 1900, his first effort was to rescue the poet's work from obscurity.

Object Information

artist
Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)
creation date
1933
materials
lithograph
dimensions
27 3/8 x 21 1/2 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
dated and signed in ink, below image, L.R.: 1933 - Georges Rouault; inscribed in ink, below image, L.L.: Verlaine 2 e tirage
accession number
55.36
credit line
Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors