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Rouault, Georges

Born: 1871 AD
Died: 1958 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Painters

1871 – Born on May 27th in the cellar of a house in Belleville, a working class quarter of Paris near the Pere Lachaise cemetery.

1885 – Rouault was taken away and apprenticed for two years to a maker of stained glass named Tamoni. He was then employed by another stained glass maker, Georges Hirsch, who did some restoration work on medieval windows, which gave his young assistant a chance to examine them and to realize their superiority to modern work.

1885 – Rouault studied at evening classes at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs.

1891 – He was able to transfer himself to the Ecole des Beaux Arts, where he entered Elie Delaunay’s studio.

1900 – He exhibited at the Centennial Exhibition of Frenchart held in connection with the Paris Exposition Universel, and was awarded a bronze medal. Nevertheless, the period was one of discouragement.
1901 – He spent some time at the Benedictine Abbey of Liguge in Poitou, where the novelist J. K. Huysmans was endeavoring to form a religious community of artists.

1916-1917 – Rouault left Versailles and he signed a contract with the famous dealer Ambroise Vollard which was to provide him with freedom to work for many years.

1921 – The first monograph on his work was published.

1924 – There was a retrospective at the Druet Gallery, where he had shown before; and he was awarded the Legion of Honour.

1926 – He published his book Souvenirs in times, and in 1929 Diaghilev commissioned him to design his last major project, The Prodigal Son, with music by Prokofiev and choreography by Balanchine.

1948 – He exhibited at the Venice Biennale and traveled to Italy for the first time.

1958 – Died on February 13th.