Henri Rousseau: Dreams of the Jungle

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Rousseau painted his famous series of jungle pictures late in life. From 1872 to 1893 he had worked as a customs officer in Paris and only started painting when he was forty. Throughout his career as a painter, Rousseau's subjects were almost exclusively the streets, bridges, and public squares of his beloved Paris. In the last ten years of his life, however, he produced his jungle pictures, which proved to be the greatest of his achievements. Where does Rousseau rank among painters of the late 19th century? Was ...
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Overview

Rousseau painted his famous series of jungle pictures late in life. From 1872 to 1893 he had worked as a customs officer in Paris and only started painting when he was forty. Throughout his career as a painter, Rousseau's subjects were almost exclusively the streets, bridges, and public squares of his beloved Paris. In the last ten years of his life, however, he produced his jungle pictures, which proved to be the greatest of his achievements. Where does Rousseau rank among painters of the late 19th century? Was his work really naive? Were his jungle paintings merely decorative? How did he measure up in terms of the young painters who discovered him, especially Fernand Leger? This book answers these questions by going beyond a study of Henri Rousseau's life and work by placing them in a greater art historical context.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783791319421
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Series: Pegasus Library Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.77 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The "Customs Officer" in his Beloved Paris 7
Painters of the Academie 11
Trees, Forests 14
The Salon des Independents 18
1891: The First Jungle Painting 19
1893: War 24
1897: The Sleeping Gypsy 26
1905-1910: The Jungle Paintings 30
The Dream 58
Other Themes, Other Pictures 60
Rousseau and Contemporary Artists, Poets, and Intellectuals 66
Symbolism 69
The Decorative 70
The "Naive" Painter 72
Rousseau and the Young Artists 77
Rousseau and Leger 82
Chronology 90
List of Rousseau's Illustrated Works 94
Sources of Illustrations 95
Selected Bibliography 95
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