Exotic Landscape (1908) by Henri Rousseau

Exotic Landscape - Henri Rousseau - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleExotic Landscape
ArtistHenri Rousseau
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions116 x 89 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Exotic Landscape

The artwork entitled “Exotic Landscape” was created by artist Henri Rousseau in 1908. An oil on canvas, it measures 116 by 89 centimeters and embodies the Naïve Art movement, specifically Primitivism. The genre of the artwork is wildlife painting, and presently, it is held in a private collection. This artwork reflects Rousseau’s vivid imagination and stylized approach to depicting nature.

“Exotic Landscape” showcases a dense, tropical jungle scene replete with a variety of flora and fauna. The foreground features large, bright green leaves and grass, giving a sense of lushness and density. The vibrant green tones are prominent, providing a backdrop to the wildlife that populates this scene. Amidst the vegetation, several monkeys can be seen; some are perched on the branches while others are partially hidden, peeking out from behind the leaves. Their expressions are curious and observant as they engage with their natural habitat.

Adding to the exoticism, there is an array of birds, each marked by distinctive plumage. The meticulous details and the range of colors in their feathers contrast with the greenery, drawing the viewer’s eye. The piece is characterized by Rousseau’s distinctive style: flatness in the depiction of the plants and animals, along with a lack of perspective that gives the work a dreamlike, almost surreal quality. The flora and fauna are rendered in a detailed, yet not entirely realistic manner, which is a hallmark of Rousseau’s self-taught expertise and his departure from academic standards of his time. This dreamlike tableau invites viewers to contemplate a world untouched by human intervention, a window into Rousseau’s imagined paradises.

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