Le Pêcheur (Judas), from 'Passion' (Edition of 270), 1936
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Aquatint in colors on ivory wove paper
12.25 x 8.38 in
'Le Pêcheur (Judas)' is an original color aquatint from George Rouault's series of prints for 'Passion.' 'Passion,' a book written by Rouault's close friend André Suarès and published in 1939 by Rouault's associate Ambroise Vollard, contained seventeen color etchings and eighty-two wood engravings by the artist. This example shows Judas, seated and wearing a white shirt and blue pants. He looks to one side as he reaches to the top left corner. The title of the print adds ambiguity, as 'Le Pêcheur' in French can translate to either 'The Sinner' or 'The Fisherman,' suggesting Judas's two possible directions in life. Like this ambiguity, the prints themselves are somewhat ambiguous and they were not so much meant to illustrate the text as they were to augment it. 12.38 x 8.5 inches, plate 17.5 x 13.25 inches, sheet published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Lacourière Artwork in overall good and stable condition; colors are bright and unfaded; minor toning to paper from previous matting, hidden by current matting. Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting and mounting materials, Museum Glass to inhibit UV damage and reduce glare, and housed in a vintage cassetta-style wood moulding in green with gold accents.