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
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About The Old King

Georges Rouault is most recognized for his work in painting, and he once said that it was a way to forget life. Sadly, he passed away in 1958 surrounded by his crucifix – intoning his belief in God. Prior to his passing, Rouault had exhibited with the Fauves and is often credited with pioneering an abstract art movement dubbed ‘Fauvism’. He went on to produce works of art spanning between 1905 and 1938, with pieces such as ‘Slaughter’ (1905) and ‘Three Judges’ (1938).

One of Roualt’s most iconic works is ‘The Old King’ painted in 1936. At its core, the painting reflects Roualt’s commitment to symbolism, which was heavily influenced by the Georgist Movement. By utilizing bold colors and powerful symbolism, this painting has been both celebrated and controversial throughout history and even today – it remains widely recognized as an example of success within art history.

Next in our discussion on Roman artwork is a painting called “Two Athletes.” This piece symbolizes the power of force through bodies engaging in physical activity. Through vibrant shades of red, blue, and green combined with simple geometry shapes – it conveys a great depth of emotion. As these two figures struggle against each other their bodies become intertwined which paints a beautiful picture depicting their complicated relationship – signifying two distinct characters while representing one unit extended into eternity.

By studying the works of great masters such as Georges Rouault and Roman Art we can gain insight into how they approached their paintings and how they used symbols to tell different stories. We are also able to understand how timeless these works remain today – they continue to draw us in with their aesthetical beauty while pushing us further towards achieving mastery over our own artwork endeavors!

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