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    Sale 7703

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper

    5 February 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 107

    Georges Rouault (1871-1958)

    'Qui donc se connaît? Bon messieurs critiques'

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    Georges Rouault (1871-1958)
    'Qui donc se connaît? Bon messieurs critiques'
    signed and dated 'G. Rouault 1930' (lower right); inscribed 'IV Qui donc se connaît bon messieurs critiques XXII 22' (on the reverse)
    peinture à l'essence, gouache and pastel on paper
    19 x 24 in. (48 x 61.3 cm.)
    Executed in 1930


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    From 1929 to 1930, Rouault worked on a film project, for which he executed around one hundred gouaches. 'Qui donc se connaît? Bon messieurs critiques' belongs to the series Popular images, qui donc se connaît?, which represents various characters or 'types'. The present work depicts critics. Ultimately, however, the film was not produced, and the gouaches were exhibited and sold separately.

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    Provenance

    Mr & Mrs Richard L. Frank, San Francisco, by 1962.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 6 April 1976, lot 64.
    By descent to the present owner.


    Literature

    P. Courthion, Rouault, London, 1962, p. 463 (illustrated p. 230; titled Clowns).
    I. Rouault, Rouault, L'oeuvre peint, vol. II, Monte Carlo, 1988, no. 1234 (illustrated p. 31).


    Exhibited

    London, Tate Gallery, Rouault, October - November 1966, no. 56.