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Georges Rouault, “And Veronica, with her soft linen, still walks the road...” 1922 (printed 1927)Georges Rouault, “And Veronica, with her soft linen, still walks the road...” 1922 (printed 1927)

Hallie Ford Museum of Art presents Georges Rouault

From Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, 2011, Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present “Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre.” Organized by Willamette archaeology and art history professor Ann Nicgorski, the exhibition is drawn from regional public collections and features 22 prints from Rouault’s “Miserere et Guerre” series.

Rouault (1871–1958) was a French fauve and expressionist painter and printmaker who often focused on Christian themes. He was a devout Catholic who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with Gustav Moreau.

“Miserere et Guerre” is a series of 58 prints inspired by the violence of World War I and Rouault’s compassion for marginalized and underprivileged people. 

As a special feature, Soo Yun Kang, professor of art history at Chicago State University, will deliver an illustrated lecture entitled “Rouault’s Miserere: A Meditation on Suffering and Hope” on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum. Kang has a doctorate in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and she has written extensively about Rouault. The illustrated lecture is free and open to the public.
“Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre” has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The museum is located at 700 State Street in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday, and admission on Tuesday is free.

For more information, please call (503) 370-6855 or visit willamette.edu/museum_of_art.