Sacramental vision

Published: October 2008

Georges Rouault (1871-1958) created stained glass windows, oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, tapestries, and wood engravings using subjects ranging from prostitutes and clowns to suffering Jesus. The breadth of his artistry, from his days as a glazier’s apprentice to the years following World War II, when he burned 350 of his works and left many paintings unfinished, is reflected in the McMullen Museum’s exhibition, “Mystic Masque: Semblance and Reality in George Rouault,” on view until December 7. Called “impressive and thorough” by Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee, the show marks the 50th anniversary of Rouault’s death, and presents some 180 of his creations—many never before displayed in North America.

@BC presents a slideshow accompanied by an audio track of Roberto Goizueta, professor of theology, offering a personal reflection on images from the Rouault exhibition. Goizueta focuses on how Rouault’s work exampled and expressed fundamental Christian understandings of the world and of God’s place in creation and in the lives of men and women.

This feature was posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 and is filed under Audio Slideshows.
Writer: Daniel Soyer; Producer: Miles Benson