Henri (le Douanier) Rousseau (1844 - 1910)
Oil on canvas
Depth: 6.8 cm ( frame ); Width: 51.3 cm ( frame ); Height: 57.7 cm ( frame ); Width: 32.75 cm ( canvas ); Height: 40.6 cm ( canvas );
Signed, bottom right & recto, H. Rousseau
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948
About this work
Rousseau worked as a clerk collecting taxes on goods brought through one of the gates in the Paris city walls. But the landscape around this toll-gate must be partly imaginary, and the vegetation seems to invade the buildings. Rousseau liked to paint invented landscapes in bright green tones; his jungle pictures were inspired by Paris’s Jardin des Plantes. As an artist, Rousseau was self-taught. His personal, naïve style was mocked by some contemporaries, but acclaimed by Picasso and other members of the avant-garde.
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