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Maker(s):Rouault, Georges
Culture:French (1871-1958)
Title:Sometimes the blind have comforted those that see (L'aveugle parfois a console le voyant), plate 55 from 'Miserere' portfolio
Date Made:1929 (published 1948)
Materials:Photogravure, etching and aquatint on heavy weight Arches paper with "Vollard" blindstamp
Place Made:Europe; France; Paris
Measurements:Sheet: 24 1/4 in x 19 9/16 in; 61.6 cm x 49.7 cm; Plate: 23 in x 17 1/8 in; 58.4 cm x 43.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2013.28
Credit Line:Gift of Irving Vogel (friend of Amherst)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

A blind man with his head tilted forward leans a man with his head bowed in despair. The two figures are illustrated in bold black lines. The composition is black and white.

Label Text:
The suffering of humanity and salvation through faith are the subjects of this print from the “Guerre” (War) section of the portfolio. Leaving behind death, destruction, and the atrocities of war, a humbled, downcast man allows a blind man to confidently show him the way. Rouault tones down the background, hinting at the brighter future the two survivors may share, their faces aglow with new hope.

MW, 2014

biblical; men; narrative; wars; fatigue

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