Rousseau, Henri (1844-1910) by Scholes, Robert

Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910) He was born in Laval. His work as a customs officer in Paris earned him the nickname of “le douanier.” He began to paint late in life, not showing his work until 1886, in the Salon des Ind├ępendants, where his paintings did not receive a favorable response from the public, though his fellow artists were interested. In 1908 gave a banquet, half serious half burlesque, in his honor. He had never been taught how to paint and belonged to no school, though some people would class him as a . His manner of painting in flat colors resulted in each object in his images being isolated from the others, and his ignorance of the tricks of perspective brought everything toward a single flat plane. But his images have a haunting quality that connects them to both the symbolists and the expressionists. Picasso primitive

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