Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1964. Original cream cloth (9 1/4 inches tall), original dust jacket. Modest bump to top front corner, very faint bump to top corner of the text block, mild tanning to endpapers. A near-fine copy. Item #879
"JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS WILL TELL YOU BETTER THAN I" Early American edition of Georges Rouault's artistic masterpiece—a "tremendous Christian testament of faith." Originally created between 1913 and 1927, Rouault's magnum opus was finally published in a limited edition of 450 copies in Paris in 1948. "The complex graphic techniques of 'Miserere' offered the artist a great variety of graphic expression. Heliogravure plates were first mechanically made after paintings, gouaches and wash drawings. These reproductions then served as the copper plates on which the artist composed his designs" ("Retrospective Exhibition 1953", Museum of Modern Art). The complete series of 58 black-and-white plates was divided by Rouault in two sections, each with its own half-title: Miserere (plates 1-33) and Guerre (plates 34-58). The plates in this edition are preceded by the artist's 1926 self-portrait, a lengthy biography of Rouault (with additional portraits of Léon Bloy and André Suarès), and a series of meditations on the individual plates by Frank and Dorothy Getlein. Though often shunned for his departures from the pious conventions of religious art, Roualt's work resonated in the search for meaning in the post-war world. "So great is the emotional power of his work that it must be reckoned not only an important artistic achievement but as one of the great Christological statements of the century" (Robert Ellsberg). In the last years of Rouault's life, "Pope Pius XII named him Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. More important, work of his in oil, in tapestry, and in stained glass was commissioned and executed for churches. The most genuinely religious art of modern times had succeeded in opening the eyes of organized religion to new religious expression of eternal values." Approbations. Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time.