Family Fishing (1895) by Henri Rousseau

Family Fishing - Henri Rousseau - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleFamily Fishing
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Family Fishing

“The artwork “Family Fishing,” created in 1895 by Henri Rousseau, is an oil on canvas painting. This piece is associated with the Naïve Art movement, specifically Primitivism, and can be classified within the cityscape genre. Currently, the artwork is housed within a private collection.

The artwork depicts an urban river scene. The vantage point seems to be from a higher perspective, looking down onto a river curving around a bend. The foreground features a family on a fishing outing; three figures are seen angling from the riverbank, with a boat moored nearby. Industrial structures, including buildings and a prominent chimney stack, line the opposite bank, contrasting with the leisurely activity in the foreground. The scene includes trees in orderly lines bordering the river and an expansive sky with voluminous clouds above. Rousseau’s distinctive style is evident in the simplified forms, flat planes of color, and lack of perspective—a hallmark of his self-taught background and the Naïve Art movement.”

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