Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rousseau, Henri

Femme se promenant dans une foret exotique (Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest)
Oil on canvas, 99.9 x 80.7 cm (39 3/8 x 31 3/4 in)
The Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania

Rousseau, Henri, known as Le Douanier Rousseau (1844-1910).
French painter, the most celebrated of naïve artists.
His character was extraordinarily ingenuous and he suffered much ridicule (although he sometimes interpreted sarcastic remarks literally and took them as praise) as well as enduring great poverty.
However, his faith in his own abilities never wavered.