Corner of the Plateau of Bellevue (1901 – 1902) by Henri Rousseau

Corner of the Plateau of Bellevue - Henri Rousseau - 1901 - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleCorner of the Plateau of Bellevue
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Date1901 - 1902
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationRhode Island School of Design Museum (RISD Museum), Providence, RI, US

About Corner of the Plateau of Bellevue

“Corner of the Plateau of Bellevue” is an artwork by Henri Rousseau created between 1901 and 1902, which exemplifies the Naïve Art (Primitivism) movement. Rousseau’s landscape painting, rendered in oil on canvas, is part of the collection at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (RISD Museum) located in Providence, RI, USA.

The artwork in question features a rich and vibrant landscape marked by the distinct, simplistic detailing characteristic of Rousseau’s style. It depicts a densely wooded area through which a narrow path winds. The trees display varied leaf patterns, with foliage rendered in shades of green, orange, and yellow, suggesting autumnal coloration. The use of color and the flatness of forms imbue the scene with a sense of primitive charm, lacking the traditional perspective and depth commonly found in the works of academically trained artists. Notably, Rousseau was a self-taught painter and his unique techniques contribute to the dreamlike, almost fantastical atmosphere of the artwork. The sky is obscured by the thick branches, with only portions of a warm, sunset glow peeking through the foliage.

In the background, amidst the trees, appears a small figure, perhaps a stroller, reinforcing the feeling of depth and scale within the composition. The viewer’s eye is drawn gently along the path, inviting speculation about the serene, secluded destination the trail may lead to. Rousseau’s work usually contains a tranquil narrative element, as observed here in the interaction between the human figure and the immersive landscape.

Overall, this piece reflects Rousseau’s reputation for meticulous attention to nature’s details and his capacity to transform ordinary scenes into places filled with enchantment and serene beauty.

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