Friday, February 11, 2011

Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910)

A Carnival Evening

I stand divided on Rousseau. There is something, I think, that was obviously deficient in his ability to paint–even some of his most ardent followers will agree on that point. Yet I can't help but stare at his paintings. There is such a marvelous aspect of design in all of his works that I can't help but feel that I am somewhat dreaming when I look at them. On the other hand, at certain times, especially when he is trying to depict people, his weakness glares so strongly on the canvas that I begin to dislike it all. So I'm divided ...


The Boat in the Storm

Walking in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Unpleasant Surprise

Rendezvous in the Forest

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