2 May 2012
Georges Rouault (1871-1958)
signed with initials and dated 'GR 1930' (lower left)
gouache and brush and India ink on portfolio page
Image size: 4½ x 9½ in. (11.4 x 24.1 cm.)
Sheet size: 7 5/8 x 12 3/8 in. (19.3 x 31.4 cm.)
Painted in 1930
Elise S. Haas, San Francisco (by 1953).
By descent from the above to the late owner.
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B. Dorival and I. Rouault, Rouault, L'oeuvre peint, Monte-Carlo, 1988, vol. II, p. 47, no. 1319 (illustrated).
In 1938, Ambroise Vollard published Rouault's Cirque de l'Etoile filante, a portfolio of 17 original color etchings and 82 wood engravings used to illustrate the text, also written by Rouault. The present work was one of 66 gouaches that represent the basis for that publication. Rouault and Vollard had been working together since establishing an exclusive contract in 1917 and produced a number of notable portfolios.
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