Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris

by Henri Rousseau, R, Claire Freches-Thory, Nancy Ireson
     
 
Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) was a self-taught artist with a unique style, exemplified in his visionary jungle scenes. These dream-like tableaux, for which he drew heavily on visits to Paris' Botanical Gardens, captivate with the lushness of their plant and animal life, while unsettling the viewer with their heady combination of exoticism and romanticism.

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Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) was a self-taught artist with a unique style, exemplified in his visionary jungle scenes. These dream-like tableaux, for which he drew heavily on visits to Paris' Botanical Gardens, captivate with the lushness of their plant and animal life, while unsettling the viewer with their heady combination of exoticism and romanticism.

This sumptuously illustrated book provides not only a comprehensive overview of Rousseau's career, but also penetrating insights into his inspiration. With large, color reproductions of his paintings, many previously unpublished illustrations of his sources and influences, and a wealth of new research on his life and work (including the only interview conducted with the artist), Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris

is poised to become the definitive volume on this remarkable painter.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Henri Rousseau's (1844-1910) reputation as an artistic innocent and the magical quality of his paintings frequently overshadow attempts to place him in critical context. This exhibition catalog, edited by Morris (senior curator, Tate Modern), contains not only fine reproductions of Rousseau's works-145 illustrations appear in all, 100 of them in full color-but also essays by Christopher Green (history of art, Courtauld Inst., London), Claire Fr ches-Thory (curator, Mus e d'Orsay, Paris), and others that explore Rousseau's artistic methodology and ambitions. Rousseau was famously unschooled in art yet transformed myriad source materials, which included popular illustrations and taxidermy dioramas, into mysterious jungles, celebrations of the French Republic, allegorical and historical works, and portraits. A clear-eyed examination of his paintings shows a strong sense of color, pattern, and composition and an equally strong worldview. Rousseau may have lacked training, but he was not at all na ve-he was well aware of trends in mainstream and avant-garde art in Paris and never lost his confidence in the greatness of his work. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-Amy K. Weiss, Univ. of California Lib., Santa Barbara Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810956995
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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