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Artist: Rousseau, Henri 1 of 1

Exotic Landscape, 1910

Henri Rousseau

French, 1844-1910
Oil on canvas
51-1/4 x 64 in. (130.2 x 162.6 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1971.3.P
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Henri Rousseau was a customs inspector who did not begin to paint until after the age of forty. His fame rests on his magical landscapes with their vivid, lush vegetation, exotic flowers, and wild animals. He called these landscapes his "Mexican pictures," fostering the romantic myth that in his youth he had served in the army in Mexico. In fact, he received his inspiration from the Paris botanical garden and zoo. Although considered a "primitive," Rousseau was greatly admired by the young avant-garde painters, including Picasso and Braque.

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Artist: Rousseau, Henri 1 of 1