Archaic NaivetéBook - 2015
Born into a family of tradespeople in Laval, France, Henri Rousseau became a customs and excise officer in the customs house in Paris in 1871, a job that earned him the nickname Le Douanier ('the customs officer'). Rousseau was an enthusiastic self-taught artist. Nourished by themes in the popular imagination, Rousseau's painting expresses a vision of reality, populated by iconic figures outlined with hieratic force against flat blocks of saturated colour and fantastic spaces - a vision long branded as naive, ingenuous, and uncultivated. This book demonstrates how fully Rousseau il Douanier's masterpieces are part of this archaic trend, and of the world of art in general, from his dream-like exotic landscapes to his still-lifes.
Publisher: Milan : 24 ORE Cultura, 2015
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 279 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
Alternative Title: Archaic naiveté
Call Number: 759 ROU