Georges Rouault

Negress en profile (Negress in profile)

Negress en profile (Negress in profile) by Georges Rouault

Artwork Detail

In 1917 Ambroise Vollard asked Rouault to illustrate a text he had written about Alfred Jarry's character, père Ubu. He based his first illustration for the series on a black man he had seen in a revue staged in Paris. In the 1920s Paris was in the grip of what has been called negrophilia, a passion for objects and people with links to black Africa. They believed that western society, seen as decadent and crumbling after the horrors of the first world war, could learn from what were perceived as 'simple' societies.

Negress en profile (Negress in profile)
Georges Rouault
Production date
etching, aquatint and roulette
313 x 202 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1972
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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