Bob Baker, “Head of Christ in the Style of Rouault a/k/a Rouault Copy” (2012)

9 Jun

Bob Baker, Head of Christ in the Style of Rouault a/k/a Rouault Copy (2012)

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Hello world, here’s my latest.  I was sitting out on the porch up in Wisconsin and thought it might be fun to try to emulate one of my favorite Fauvists, Georges Rouault.  Before becoming a painter Rouault worked as a craftsman in a stained glass window shop and you can really see that in his art.  The little piece shown here is a quick, “down and dirty” copy of one of Rouault’s religious works, done in graphite and charcoal on paper.  It took around 40 minutes to complete.  The thing I noticed immediately is how much Rouault’s work depends upon drawing the perfect line.  It’s a lot harder than it looks.  I’m no Rouault, but this little exercise gave me a renewed appreciation for his deceptively simple art.  Have a good weekend!

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