Friday, 23 March 2018

Art on Friday; Henri Rousseau

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau; May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner.  He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), a humorous description of his occupation as a toll and tax collector. He started painting seriously in his early forties; by age 49, he retired from his job to work on his art full-time.

Selfportrait

Ridiculed during his lifetime by critics, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. Rousseau's work exerted an extensive influence on several generations of avant-garde artists.

the Dream 1910

Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!) 1891

A Carnival Evening 1886

Exotic Landscape 1908

The Flamingoes 1907

The Football Players 1908

© KH

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