Plus le coeur est noble, moins le col est roide by Georges Rouault

Plus le coeur est noble, moins le col est roide by Georges Rouault

Plus le coeur est noble, moins le col est roide

Georges Rouault

Title

Plus le coeur est noble, moins le col est roide

 
Artist
Year
1926 , published in 1948 
Technique
aquatint, etching, drypoint and roulette over heliogravure 
Image Size
23 x 16 9/16" platemark 
Signature
signed in plate, lower left image 
Edition Size
450 (425 plus 25 hors commerce) 
Annotations
 
Reference
Wofsey 156 
Paper
antique-white laid Arches with "Ambroise Vollard" watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
Vollard and Editions de l'Etoile Filante, Paris 
Inventory ID
19205 
Price
$1,500.00 
Description

Publisher Ambroise Vollard originally commissioned "Miserere et Guerre" to be about 100 images, but then backed off. Rouault worked the plates between 1916 and 1927. He recovered the plates from Vollard in 1947 and published "Miserere" with 58 plates and without André Suarès text. They were issued loose, in a cloth case. Many plates were worked as many as 15 times.

The title roughly translates to: "The more noble the heart, the less stiff the neck" and is a comment on the Prussian (German) military, whose stiff-necked, ignoble leaders were unable to see what was really happening. The subject might well be a satire of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, wearing a "pickelhaube", a spiked helmet, a stiffened collar and sporting a large mustache.