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Head about 1935 - 1940
This is one of a number of paintings Rouault made of a female head depicted in profile. As in this painting, he often painted in a heavy impasto with thick black outlines. This style is indebted to his early training as a maker of stained-glass windows. 'Head' relates closely to a project for a tapestry, hence the decorative border. In the 1930s Rouault frequently included a border in his paintings, forming a 'frame within a frame' for the picture.

Glossary Open


The textured surface of a painting resulting from the thick application of paint.


A fabric with an ornamental or pictorial design woven into it.

Impasto, Tapestry


  • Acc. No. GMA 968
  • Medium Oil on paper laid on canvas
  • Size 61.90 x 48.40 cm
  • Credit Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind 1960