Oil on canvas
Framed: 128.9 x 99.1 x 8.9 cm (50 3/4 x 39 x 3 1/2 in.); Unframed: 104.8 x 75 cm (41 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Gift of the Hanna Fund 1950.399
Reacting against an increasingly materialistic, secular society, Rouault dedicated himself to creating deeply spiritual art. To convey his emotional interpretation of the subject, he built up layers of rich color through thickly encrusted paint. Rouault's early experience in a stained-glass workshop encouraged his preference for luminous color and strong black outlines. Both elements unite in this painting to produce a powerful, yet serene image of Christ.
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