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Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau is a famous self-taught French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive and Primitive style. Rousseau paintings are often remembered for his use of jungles and monkeys, but we include a wide range of Rousseau paintings here. Famous Rousseau paintings include The Sleeping Gypsy, The Merry Jesters & The Snake Charmer. Henri Rousseau's art is believed to have inspired the likes of Fernand Léger, Max Beckmann & Jean Hugo. Although a self taught painter, Rousseau always seeked critical approval, but rarely found it in his lifetime for his paintings. We did mix with other famous artists such as Pablo PIcasso & Delaneys but few looked beyond the unusually childlike nature of his style. Rousseau paintings are now well respected and enjoyed, and you can see some of the best ones below.

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The Jungle: Tiger Attacking a Buffalo

The Jungle: Tiger Attacking a Buffalo
$166.00

The Dream

The Dream
$166.00

Two Monkeys in the Jungle

Two Monkeys in the Jungle
$166.00

Tropical Forest with Monkeys

Tropical Forest with Monkeys
$166.00

Sleeping Gypsy

Sleeping Gypsy
$166.00

Surprise!

Surprise!
$166.00

The Snake Charmer 1907

The Snake Charmer 1907
$166.00

The Flamingoes

The Flamingoes
$166.00

The Football Players

The Football Players
$166.00

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower
$166.00

Bouquet of Flowers

Bouquet of Flowers
$166.00

Notre Dame

Notre Dame
$166.00

Henri Rousseau Self Portrait

Henri Rousseau Self Portrait
$166.00

The Chair Factory

The Chair Factory
$166.00

Equatorial Jungle

Equatorial Jungle
$166.00

War

War
$166.00

Child with Doll

Child with Doll
$166.00

Landscape with Zeppelin

Landscape with Zeppelin
$166.00

Portrait of Pierre Loti

Portrait of Pierre Loti
$166.00

Portrait of Joseph Brummer

Portrait of Joseph Brummer
$166.00

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens
$166.00

Jungle Sunset

Jungle Sunset
$166.00

Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest

Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest
$166.00

Artillerymen

Artillerymen
$166.00

Merry Jesters

Merry Jesters
$166.00

The Waterfall

The Waterfall
$166.00

The Environs of Paris

The Environs of Paris
$166.00

View of the Fortifications

View of the Fortifications
$166.00

A Carnival Evening

A Carnival Evening
$166.00

The Banks of the Oise

The Banks of the Oise
$166.00

Self Portrait 1890

Self Portrait 1890
$166.00

Hungry Lion

Hungry Lion
$166.00
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His best known paintings depict jungle scenes, even though he never left France or saw a jungle. Stories spread by admirers that his army service included the French expeditionary force to Mexico are unfounded. His inspiration came from illustrated books and the botanical gardens in Paris, as well as tableaux of taxidermied wild animals. He had also met soldiers, during his term of service, who had survived the French expedition to Mexico and listened to their stories of the subtropical country they had encountered. To the critic Arsène Alexandre, he described his frequent visits to the Jardin des Plantes: "When I go into the glass houses and I see the strange plants of exotic lands, it seems to me that I enter into a dream."

Many of the most famous Rousseau paintings are available on this website to buy as reproductions. The bright bold colors and clear shapes and characters of Henri Rousseau paintings make them ideal for most contemporary homes, and can really improve your lounge or bedroom.

Along with his exotic scenes there was a concurrent output of smaller topographical images of the city and its suburbs. He claimed to have invented a new genre of portrait landscape, which he achieved by starting a painting with a view such as a favorite part of the city, and then depicting a person in the foreground.