GEORGES ROUAULT, at 83 the eldest of the living French masters, is coming to the end of his career in a swirl of glory. His heavily larded oil paintings seem to glow with ever brighter colors. His reputation is steadily increasing. Because Rouault himself stood apart from the Paris-born art movements during his time, his work seems to transcend the fluctuations of contemporary tastes; the appeal of his religious subjects speaks more clearly with each passing decade. Rouault's powerful paintings glow in the mind like images in Gothic stained glass. With their strange,...

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