Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rousseau, Henri

The Repast of the Lion
Oil on canvas
44 3/4 x 63 in. (113.7 x 160 cm)
Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (1844 – 1910)
French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive or Primitive manner.
He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), a humorous description of his occupation as a tax collector.
Ridiculed during his life, 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 vanguard artists, starting with Picasso and including Jean Hugo, Léger.