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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