In 1916, the influential Parisian print dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard (1865–1939) commissioned Georges Rouault (1871–1958) to create a large portfolio of prints based on drawings the artist had done about the ravages of war, human folly, and salvation through Jesus Christ. Inspired by Psalm 51’s opening line, “Have mercy on me, O Lord,” the resulting portfolio, Miserere, is considered Rouault’s masterpiece, as well as a landmark of 20th-century printmaking. For the first time in over 20 years, the entire suite is on view at the McNay.
This exhibition was organized by the McNay. Funding is generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment, and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.