HENRI ROUSSEAU: JUNGLES IN PARIS
Matèria: Monografies d'art contemporani
Rousseau's unique vision was celebrated by his modernist contemporaries like Pablo Picasso and the surrealists René Magritte and Max Ernst, who saw his work as opening up new realms of artistic possibility. They were particularly fascinated by his bold, primitive style and the dream-like nature of his paintings. For a customs official who was self-taught and only took up painting full-time in retirement, this was an extraordinary accomplishment. The exhibition features 50 works, most of which have rarely been seen in the UK. It includes an extensive group of jungle paintings, and draws comparisons between these and the artist's other main areas of artistic interest: Parisian landscapes, portraits and allegorical paintings. Also on display is a comprehensive survey of Rousseau's source materials, offering a fascinating insight into his working methods and the Paris of his time.