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Head of Christ, by Georges Rouault at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  One of my favorite paintings.  I have to visit it every time I go to the museum in Cleveland.

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Untitled, 1988. Albert Oehlen from the exhibit Woods near Oehle at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Untitled, 1981 by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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All Beef by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Another amazing image from the exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art of the visual language of John-Michel Basquiat.

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Untitled, 1982 Acrylic and oilstick on paper by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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I have been working on this painting on and off for about 8 months.  Some times I take small steps forward, other times it becomes stagnant remains a tough project.

 

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One of my favorite paintings at the Columbus Museum of Art is Sunflowers in the Windstorm by Emile Nolde.  The painting reflects the times in which we live as we look back at days of the past and worry of the dark clouds on our horizon.  Expressionism at it’s finest.

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Arshile Gorky, Virginia Landscape, 1944

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Seated Woman, Alexei Jawlensky, 1911

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Andre Derain,  River Scene, 1906

Expressionistic works with wild wonderful color at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  A great way to refresh my soul on a rainy Ohio afternoon.

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Christ in profile, 1930 Georges Rouault.

I was wonderfully surprised on my first visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum to see a very large collection of paintings by my favorite painter Georges Rouault.

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Georges Rouault, Still life with flowers, 1939

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Georges Rouault,The injured clown, 1932

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Georges Rouault, The Clown, 1918-22

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Georges Rouault, Nocturne, 1939

Rouault’s early style was academic. But around 1898 he went through a psychological crisis, and, subsequently, partly under the influence of Post-Impressionist artists: Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne, he evolved in a direction that placed him as, a fellow traveller of the Fauves (Wild Beasts), who favored the use of strong color like blues, dramatic lighting, emphatic forms, and an expressive scribble.

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Georges Rouault, Detail of Nocturne, 1939

Rouault’s artistic evolution was accompanied by a religious one, for he had become an ardent Roman Catholic.  He began to frequent, as had Daumier, the Paris law courts, where he had a close view of humanity apparently fallen from the grace of God. His artistic focus became prostitutes, tragic clowns, and pitiless judges.

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Georges Rouault, Detail#2 of Nocturne, 1939

Rouault is considered an isolated figure in art history for at least two reasons: he practiced Expressionism a style that has never found much favor in France, and he was chiefly a religious painter—one of the most convincing in recent centuries. Both statements, however, need qualification. Rouault was not as fiercely Expressionistic as some of his expressionistic contemporaries; and he was not an official church artist; his concern with sin and redemption was deeply personal.  Rouault has been an artist of personal interest and inspiration to me.  That’s one of the reasons I was so thrilled to see so many of his paintings in Cincinnati.