La Parade

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Georges Rouault (1871-1958), La Parade, etching, aquatint and roulette, 1932, frontispiece from the series Cirque by A. Suares. Reference: Chapon-Rouault 203. One of the 110 impressions printed on Montval wove; total edition was 270. In very good condition, no evidence of framing (and currently unmounted), the sheet with deckle edges top, bottom and right. Printed in colors on a cream wove paper, 11 3/4 x 10 12/, the sheet 17 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches.

A fine fresh impression, with vivid colors.

Rouault apprenticed as a teenager to glaziers and never denied the obvious connection between the thick black outlines in his paintings and the leaded church windows of medieval stained glass that he helped to restore. Those outlines flattened and broke up his work into fissures and shards of glowing color (deep purples, reds and blues) against a generally gloomy background. This became his signature mode.  He achieved these glowing effects in printmaking through the use of multiple plates and sophisticated use of aquatint; the results were magnificent, representing a high point in color (or any) printmaking.