1972 Original Canadian Exhibition Poster, Père Ubu (Ubu the King) - Georges Rouault

Date: 1972
Size: 22 x 29 inches
Notes: Poster, unlined
Georges Rouault (after)
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About The Poster:
This poster is for a temporary exhibition featuring the artwork of Georges Rouault (1871-1958). He was a French expressionist and fauvist who studied in Paris's School of Fine Arts. Having grown up as a devout Catholic, he incorporated Biblical themes into much of his work and even initially trained as a stained glass painter and restorer. This early experience as a glass painter has been suggested as a likely source of the heavy black contouring and glowing colours, likened to leaded glass, which characterize Rouault's mature painting style.

The advertisement was created for The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. It uses an illustration of Rouault's (originally an etching and aquatint) called Fléau Colon that he created in 1928 and published in 1932 in the book Les réincarnations du père Ubu (The Reincarnations of Father Ubu).

Père Ubu is the main character in the 1896 French play, Ubu Roi (Ubu the King) by Alfred Jarry. According to Wikipedia, "It is considered a wild, bizarre and comic play, significant for the way it overturns cultural rules, norms, and conventions. [...] It is now seen by some to have opened the door for what became known as modernism in the twentieth century. It is a precursor to Dada, Surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd. It is the first of three stylised burlesques in which Jarry satirises power, greed, and their evil practices — in particular the propensity of the complacent bourgeoisie to abuse the authority engendered by success. [...] It is a parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth with bits of Hamlet and King Lear tossed in."