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Rouault's Married Couple illustrated Baudelaire's poem Deux Bonnes Soeurs (Two Good Sisters). In it he personified the pairing of Death and Debauchery.
"The tomb and the bed, fertile in blasphemies
Like two good sisters, offer us in turn
Terrible pleasures and frightful sweetness."
". . . son avocat, en phrases creuses, clame sa totale inconscience . . ." (Plate 19)
Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)