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Le Lutteur, no. 3 (The Wrestler, No. 3, also called Acrobat XV)

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Le Lutteur, no. 3 (The Wrestler, No. 3, also called Acrobat XV)

Artist: Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)

Date: 1913
Medium: Gouache and oil on paper mounted on canvas
Overall: 41 x 28 3/4in. (104.1 x 73cm)
Signed: Upper left: '1913 / G. Rouault'
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 53.442
Label Text
In 1913 Rouault painted a series of seventeen "wrestlers" or "acrobats" that all have the same stance-holding themselves in three-quarter pose, one arm making an arc above their heads, the other bent back on the torso, their legs spread. For the Wrestler's pose, Rouault's influences include

Michelangelo's Dying Slave, the position of which the Renaissance artist borrowed from Greek sculpture and which had some renown in studios at the end of the nineteenth century

Rodin's sculpture Age of Bronze, 1876-77, which picked up this gesture of the raised arm

Gustave Moreau in his Salomé dansante (Salome Dancing), ca. 1880. Rouault was Moreau's student and recognized all his life the importance of his work and teaching.

Fabrice Hergott
Translated by Mary Mackay and Edward Wheatley

Presumed copyright: the artist or the artist's representative/heir(s).