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As a contemporary of Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault (1871-1958) is often classified as a Fauvist, but his distinct style of extra-thick outlines and deep, dark colors was developed independently from any painting movement.

His religious background as a devoted member of the Catholic church influenced much of his work, not only in subject matter but also in the manner that he portrayed the ordinary people of his city. Whether he painted performers, prostitutes or workers, he treated them with equal sympathy and empathy.

Of the nearly 100 works in this exhibition, about 50 are paintings, and the show includes some of his series’ of popular prints, such as “Miserere” and “Cirque de L’Etoile Filante”; Nov. 8-Dec. 23.

Itami City Museum of Art; 2-5-20 Miyamomae, Itami, Hyogo. Itami Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥800. Closed Mon. 072-772-7447; www.artmuseum-itami.jp

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