Combat of a Tiger and a Buffalo (1909) by Henri Rousseau

Combat of a Tiger and a Buffalo - Henri Rousseau - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleCombat of a Tiger and a Buffalo
ArtistHenri Rousseau
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions55 x 46 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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About Combat of a Tiger and a Buffalo

Combat Of A Tiger And A Buffalo is an intriguing masterpiece created by the artist Henri Rousseau in 1909 which can be found at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. It measures approximately 55 x 46 cm and is composed of a unique combination of hothouse plants and fearsome proportions that capture an imaginary scene of a tiger attacking a buffalo. Botanical accuracy was of little importance as enlarged hothouse plants are featured which makes this artwork stand out from others.

Henri Rousseau was one of the most renowned artists at his time, with previous admired pieces such as “A Carnival Evening”, painted in 1886. This painting portrays a small village celebration through its intricate details such as an illuminated carousel in the center, magnificent fireworks towards the sky, people strolling and children enjoying their time on the swings. Through this piece he displays an unprecedentedly detailed style which contributes to the overall grandiosity that conforms his legacy.

Combat Of A Tiger And A Buffalo and A Carnival Evening exhibit distinctive characteristics that make them two astonishing artworks fulfilling Henri Rousseau’s unique style. While Combat Of A Tiger And A Buffalo showcases an imaginary tiger attacking a buffalo with exaggerated hothouse plants, for example, A Carnival Evening displays an illustrated carnival style celebration complete with fireworks and detailed characters among many other features that set them apart from each other.

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