The Old King (1937) by Georges Roualt

The Old King - Georges Roualt - 1936

Artwork Information

TitleThe Old King
ArtistGeorges Roualt
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions30 1/4 x 21 1/4 in
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, US

About The Old King

The artwork titled “The Old King” is an oil on canvas painting by Georges Rouault completed in 1936. This work is an exemplar of the Expressionist movement, which is known for its emphasis on emotional experience over physical reality. Measuring 30 1/4 by 21 1/4 inches, this symbolic painting is housed within the collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

“The Old King” manifests Rouault’s characteristic style, defined by bold colors, thick brushstrokes, and a somber palette. The artwork portrays the bust of a weary monarch, suggested by the presence of a bejeweled crown and regal attire. The king’s face is depicted with heavy, dark outlines which heighten the expression of intense melancholy or introspection. His downcast gaze and the seeming weight of his monarchy are palpable, evoking a sense of isolation and possibly the burden of leadership. The painting’s rough textures and the interplay of light and shadow contribute to an overall aura of gravitas and a profound sense of personal reflection. Rouault’s work, with its rich symbolism and emotional depth, invites the viewer to contemplate the vicissitudes of power and the human condition.

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