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The idea for the Miserere arose from the vast human suffering of World War I. In this plate from the series, a Chinese scholar ponders how gunpowder, which the Chinese had invented to produce delightful fireworks, had been turned to such destructive purposes.
". . . son avocat, en phrases creuses, clame sa totale inconscience . . ." (Plate 19)
Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)