GOERG Édouard
(born in Sydney, Australia, in 1893). Goerg, who was of French and Irish parentage, soon left Australia and spent several years in England; then, at the age of seven, he moved to France. In 1912 he enrolled for a year's study at the Académic Ranson, where Maurice Denis was teaching. He was a great admirer of Goya, Daumier, Rouault.  'What I love in art', said Goerg, 'is man . . . I well know that a painting has its laws, that it is a plane surface, a combination of volumes . . . but I say that that is not enough.' In that remark Goerg seemed to be condemning genuine plastic emotion and to be preferring the anecdotal. His work fell into a sort of naturalism, a characteristic aspect of which was the representation of nude young girls barely out of adolescence, accompanied by men in evening clothes, all enveloped in shadowy atmosphere relieved by conventional gleams of light. Georg has illustrated a number of literary works, such as the Tales of Hoffmann and Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal, with engravings and lithographs in which his understanding of contrasts has enabled him to accentuate the dramatic elements very skilfully, with a certain stress on the macabre.
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