Georges Rouault
Bathing in a Lake. 1907

This work is characteristic of the artist's Fauvist period. For Rouault, however, the traditional motif of the nude is filled with an inner disquiet. The luminous colour in his works grows denser and anxious black contours appear. Tragic notes begin to be heard, not usually present in works by the Fauves. By sacrificing authenticity the artist reinforces the tense intonation in his works, which heralds the future experiments of the Expressionists.