Room 18. Religious art in France from the 1920s to the 1950s

Three key figures of French twentieth-century art take on religious themes. United by the simultaneity of their lives, but representing different artistic paths and choices, Georges Rouault, Emile Bernard and Jean Fautrier are brought together here to show the variety of interpretative trajectories that can be generated by the encounter with the supernatural. Georges Rouault’s relationship with the sacred is profound, flowing and uninterrupted. Bernard’s mature reflection on Michelangelo is thoughtful and dictated by a deep mysticism that runs through his entire artistic life. Finally, the presence of the sacred in the work of Fautrier is anomalous and isolated.