Georges Rouault
The Three Judges c.1936

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Georges Rouault 1871–1958
The Three Judges
Les Trois Juges
Date c.1936
Medium Oil paint on board mounted on mahogany panel
Dimensions Support: 812 x 666 x 37 mm
frame: 970 x 820 x 132 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Montague Shearman through the Contemporary Art Society 1940
Not on display

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Rouault was a deeply religious artist whose paintings frequently depicted those at the fringes of society, particularly prostitutes and circus performers. He made several paintings of judges which express his skepticism about systems of human justice. ‘If I have made judges such lamentable figures, it is doubtless because I betrayed the anguish which I feel at the sight of a human being who has to pass judgement on other men’, he said. ‘The judges themselves I could not condemn’.

November 2005

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