Henri Rousseau

One artist who prefigured the Surrealists’ idea of fantasy with his fresh, naïve outlook on the world was the Frenchman, Henri Rousseau (1844-1910).

sleeping-gypsy
Sleeping Gypsy

Like Paul Klee, Rousseau defies all labels, and although he has been numbered among the Naïves or Primitives (two terms for untrained artists), he transcends this grouping. Known as Le Douanier, after a lifelong job in the Parisian customs office, Rousseau is a perfect example of the kind of artist in whom the Surrealists believed: the untaught genius whose eye could see much further than that of the trained artist.

dream
dream

eclaireur-attaque-par-un-tigre
Eclaireur attaque par un tigre

femme-se-promenant
Femme se promenant…

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2 Responses to “Henri Rousseau”

  1. You left me speechless with this post, what an amazing works. I’m crazy about surrealism. I wish you a great Sunday.

  2. I love your site… 🙂

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