Art: Modern with a Message

Just one topflight modern painter has devoted his art to the service of religion. Georges Rouault, 80, is both a fervent Roman Catholic and a brilliant expressionist. "My only ambition," he once said, "is to be able some day to paint a Christ so moving that those who see Him will be converted."

Among Rouault's most moving work is a series of 58 engravings called Miserere et Guerre, which intersperses whores, fools, bullies, soldiers and clowns with pictures of Christ's Passion. Published in book form by London's Trianon Press, the series was on sale...

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