Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is currently hosting Seeing Christ in the Darkness, an exhibit of works by French modernist artist Georges Rouault in the art gallery of the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts on the UMHB campus. The exhibit will be on display through September 19, with a very special lecture on Rouault by collector Sandra Bowden on Thursday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Manning Chapel of the Paula and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center on the UMHB Campus.
“Rouault was one of the few modernist artists whose work was clearly religious,” said Ted Barnes, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “Although he was a life-long Roman Catholic, his work was considered anything but Christian in the traditional sense. For many it seemed too gloomy and depressing, and for most of his life the Church resisted the darkness of his work. This exhibition, however, clearly shows how deeply this artist identified with peoples’ suffering, but, through this darkness, the salvation that Christ brought.”
“He was a contemporary of Picasso and Matisse and is considered one of the French modernist masters,” Barnes said.
The works are from The Bowden Collection, of Chatham Massachusetts, a substantial collection built over many years and many trips to France and Europe.
Both the exhibit and Thursday’s lecture are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Melanie Brazeal in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at (254) 295-4678.