Art: The Glow of Compassion

THE 20th Century has known just one great religious artist: the 82-year-old French recluse, Georges Rouault. Moody and mystical by nature, Rouault strives to paint not the pleasing but the sublime, and he scorns the world's opinions. Yet inevitably the world is catching up with him. Far from Rouault's obscure Paris apartment last week, the Los Angeles County Museum was staging a full-scale retrospective of his vast lifework. Included were 50 paintings from an exhibition arranged by the Cleveland Museum of Art and Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, plus 39 more borrowed from...

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