Three Judges

Georges Rouault French

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By the late 1930s Rouault seemed less interested in representing judges, creating only a handful of works on this subject, so prevalent in his oeuvre between 1910 and 1919. In these later paintings the judges' expressions of belligerence changed to calm benevolence. As in his many close-up views of Christ flanked by two acolytes, Rouault arranged this trio of judges cheek to cheek, as if for a group portrait. Their eyes are closed. Rouault applied many layers of pigment, a technique he began to use in the early 1930s. With its thick black outlines, the painting has the effect of a stained-glass window.

Three Judges, Georges Rouault (French, Paris 1871–1958 Paris), Oil on canvas

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