New show opening in WBU’s Abraham Art Gallery

PLAINVIEW – The Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University announced the opening of the premier exhibition “Seeing Christ in the Darkness: Works by Georges Rouault,” who is a 20th Century master artist. The show will be on display through April 20.

“Seeing Christ in the Darkness” features more than 25 original prints from his Miserere Series as well as works from Fleurs du Mal (I and II) and the Passion Series.
“French artist George Rouault (1871 – 1958) was one of the very few modern artists whose work was clearly religious,” said Dr. Candace Keller, Professor of Art and curator for the Abraham Gallery, “but though he was a lifelong Roman Catholic, his work was not done in the traditional sense of Christian imagery. Too much of it seemed overly dark and gloomy. Indeed for most of his life, the Church resisted the heavy linear darkness of his work, and not until the end of his life did he receive a Church commission for his highly expressive modern style.”

The graphic art in this exhibition shows how deeply Rouault identified with the suffering of people, and saw within this darkness the salvation that Christ brought. Rouault was a painter who participated in the difficulties of life and said of himself, “I carry within myself an infinite depth of suffering and melancholy, which life has served to develop and of which my paintings, if God allows it, will only be the flowering and imperfect expression.”

“The works on display are from the Bowden Collection of Chatham, Mass., a substantial collection built over many years of travel to France and Europe,” Keller said. “Sandra Bowden has been a special friend of the University in graciously making these works available to us.”

This exhibit focuses on Rouault as a printmaker, where his religious vision took shape through his graphics. His works are found in most major museums of the world, and this is the largest collection of Rouault originals ever shown in this southwest region.

The Abraham Art Gallery, Malouf Abraham Family Art Center is located in the atrium level of the Maybee Learning Resource Center on the Wayland Baptist University campus, and is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 2 to 5 pm. For more information, call 806-291-3710.