Centennial of Independence (1892) by Henri Rousseau

Centennial of Independence - Henri Rousseau - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleCentennial of Independence
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Dimensions110 x 57 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationAlex Vömel Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

About Centennial of Independence

The artwork “Centennial of Independence” was created by Henri Rousseau in 1892. This oil on canvas painting belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement and is categorized as a genre painting. Measuring 110 cm by 57 cm, the artwork is housed in the Alex Vömel Gallery, located in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“Centennial of Independence” depicts a lively gathering, presumably celebrating the centennial of a significant event related to national independence. The scene is bustling with figures engaged in dance and conversation. A large tree stands at the center of the composition, anchoring the narrative amidst a backdrop of festive decorations. The painting features a rich palette of reds, yellows, and blues, with the figures dressed in vibrant, varied attire, lending a joyous atmosphere to the scene. The brushwork is indicative of the Post-Impressionist style, capturing movement and emotion with a sense of immediacy and vivacity, while also contributing to a dreamlike or naive quality that is often associated with Rousseau’s work. The composition of the artwork and the use of flat areas of color exhibit Rousseau’s disregard for classical perspective, ultimately creating an enchanting tableau that is both festive and enchanting.

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