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Art Exhibition: Rouault's Miserere

Event Start DateWednesday, February 4, 2009 – Sunday, March 22, 2009
Founders Hall, Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries
CostCost: free

Rouault’s Miserere

Exhibition Hours:

Noon-4 p.m., Wednesdays-Sundays

Noon-6 p.m., Thursdays

Georges Rouault (1871 – 1958), a devout Roman Catholic, is considered one of the most important French artists of the twentieth century. An established painter, he dedicated much of his life toward the creation of Miserere, a series of 58 prints.

Miserere has been widely regarded as one of the most significant works of art dealing with the crises of the early twentieth century: the introduction of advanced weaponry during WWI, political instability, social turmoil, and spiritual upheaval. When Rouault first published Miserere in 1948, the impact was astonishing and the prints were exhibited extensively around the world.

This series is often exhibited during the season of Lent as an aid to reflection and spiritual self-analysis in preparation for the events of the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ. Robert and Karen Hoehn have generously donated the Miserere series to the University of San Diego. Robert Hoehn is a member of the university’s Board of Trustees, and a generous supporter of the arts at USD.

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