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Henri Rousseau.

(1844 - 1910)

Henri Rousseau.  Portrait

Biography

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Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), nicknamed "Le Douanier" or "the customs man" after the job he worked before becoming an artist, was a Post-Impressionist painter of the late 19th Century. Although Rousseau sought to emulate academic traditions, his lack of formal training in the basics of composition and perspective gave his artwork a unique touch. The painter was a regular contributor to Paris exhibitions, but, during his lifetime, was viewed with amusement and condescension by both the public and fellow artists. Henri Julien Felix Rousseau was born on May 21st, 1844, in the town of Laval in the North of France. His parents were Julien and Eleonore Rousseau. The family was part of a long line of petty bourgeoisie and the father owned several tin-ware shops. During the early years of his life, Henri was raised in relative prosperity, which made his parents' later financial woes affect him all the harder. At the age of 5, little Henri was enrolled at the local elementary school, after completing which he entered the Laval lycee. Although the boy had demonstrated an inclination for art early on, it was not done for members of the bourgeoisie to pursue the unconventional and monetarily unrewarding vocation of painting, and there was no talk of giving the child an artistic education. Rousseau would often rue his parents' inability to recognize his talent in later years. Read Henri Rousseau. 's Full Biography

Henri Rousseau. Carnival Evening. Carnival Evening. 1886. Oil on canvas. 117.3 x 89.5 cm. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Promenade in the Forest. Promenade in the Forest. c. 1886. Oil on canvas. 70 x 60.5 cm. Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. View of the Ile Saint-Louis
 seen from the Port Saint-Nicolas. / Vue de l'Ile Saint-Louis prise du port
 Saint Nicolas. View of the Ile Saint-Louis seen from the Port Saint-Nicolas. / Vue de l'Ile Saint-Louis prise du port Saint Nicolas. 1888. Oil on canvas. 46 x 55 cm. Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Rendezvous in the Forest. Rendezvous in the Forest. 1889. Oil on canvas. 92 x 73 cm. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Myself, Portrait-Landscape. Myself, Portrait-Landscape. 1890. Oil on canvas. 146 x 113 cm. Narodni Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. The Customs Post. The Customs Post. . c. 1890. Oil on canvas. 40.6 x 32.7 cm. Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, UK. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Toll Station./ L'octroi. Toll Station./ L'octroi. 1890. Oil on canvas. 37.5 x 32.5 cm. Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, UK. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Surprise!. Surprise!. 1891. Oil on canvas. 130 x 162 cm. National Gallery, London, UK. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. A Centennial of Independence. A Centennial of Independence. 1892. Oil on canvas. 11.8 x 157.2 cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. The Pont de Grenelle. The Pont de Grenelle. c.1892. Oil on canvas. 20.5 x 75 cm. Musée du Vieux-Château, Laval, France. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Carmagnole. Carmagnole. 1893. Oil on canvas. Harmo Museum, Nagano, Japan. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Young Girl in Pink. Young Girl in Pink. 1893-5. Oil on canvas. 61 x 45.7 cm. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. The Artillerymen. The Artillerymen. c. 1893-5. Oil on canvas. 79.1 x 98.9 cm. The Solomon R. Guggebheim Museum, New York, NY, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Saw Mill, Outskirts of Paris. Saw Mill, Outskirts of Paris. c.1893-5. Oil on canvas. 25.5 x 45.5 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. War. War. 1894. Oil on canvas. 114 x 195 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Portrait of Lady. Portrait of Lady. 1895-7. Oil on canvas. 198 x 115 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Portrait of a Woman. Portrait of a Woman. 1895. Oil on canvas. 160 x 105 cm. Musée Picasso, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Tiger Hunt. Tiger Hunt. c.1895. Oil on canvas. 38.1 x 46 cm. Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Boy on the Rocks. Boy on the Rocks. 1895-7. Oil on linen. 35.4 x 45.7 cm. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Henri Rousseau. Flowers./ Fleurs. Flowers./ Fleurs. 1895-1900. Oil on canvas. 61 x 50.2 cm. Tate Gallery, London, UK. Order a Poster or Print
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