Georges Rouault: Art as Religion



"Anyone can revolt. It is more difficult silently to obey our own inner promptings, and to spend our lives finding sincere and fitting means of expression for our temperament and our gifts."


"Subjective artists are one-eyed, but objective artists are blind."


"For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh."

"My only objective is to paint a Christ so moving that those who see him will be converted."



"The conscience of an artist worthy of the name is like an incurable disease which causes him endless torment but occasionally fills him with silent joy."
"The richness of the world, all artificial pleasures, have the taste of sickness and give off a smell of death in the face of certain spiritual possessions."









Comments

Dale McNeil said…
Very nice post Paul. The first work is exceptional.
Paul Behnke said…
Thought to post this after our conversation the other night.
Rouault was devoted!