Exotic landscapes, portraits of lonely children, charming scenes of life… The painting of Henri Rousseau, also called Le Douanier Rousseau, enchants with its assumed naivety.
But this season, the Musée d’Orsay goes further and puts the work of French artist at the heart of a reflection on art called “archaic“, a subtle blend of avant-garde and carelessness. In relation to other artists like Gauguin, Picasso, Rivera or Anquetin, the work from Rousseau is every bit more modern than ever.
Leader of naive art, Le Douanier, and his eyes of a child, has suffered influences from poetry and late nineteenth european painting, and also got inspired by his contemporaries of thesurreal clan.
Paul Eluard said of him: “What he saw was love and always make us very eyes.” And we still fill with wonder at Musée d’Orsay by going to the dedicated exhibition.”