This is a print from the original woodblocks, of the work "Jongleur", 1938, from the series "Le Cirque de l'Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Star) by the important French artist GEORGES ROUAULT (1871-1958). The print is quite small, 2 7/8" by 2 1/8" inside the mat (9 1/2" by 8 1/4" as framed). I believe that this is from the edition published at a later date by the Collectors' Guild of New York, as other examples I have seen are identically framed, and with their label on the reverse. That label is missing from my example of this print, but there is remaining evidence to suggest it was once there. The work is sold without glass. The condition is very good save for browning of the image area, as shown (compare with photos of the full sheet, without the mat). Rouault is a major French Fauvist and Expressionist painter and graphic artist. One of his paintings exceeded one million dollars in a 2009 auction, and others routinely sell into the mid hundreds of thousands. His graphic art is considerably more affordable. It is thought that his early training as a glass painter and restorer led to his penchant for heavy black contouring and colors, which resemble what might be seen in leaded glass. Rouault lived a span of years that bridged many movements in art history.......beginning in academic art and Impressionism, and ending with Abstract Expressionism.
GEORGES ROUAULT (1871-1958) French art woodblock print "Jongleur"