Footbridge at Passy (1895) by Henri Rousseau

Footbridge at Passy - Henri Rousseau - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleFootbridge at Passy
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Footbridge at Passy

The artwork “Footbridge at Passy” by Henri Rousseau is a piece dating back to 1895. It is an oil on canvas work that belongs to the Naïve Art movement, sometimes referred to as Primitivism. The genre of the artwork is classified as a cityscape, and currently, the piece is held within a private collection.

The artwork depicts a serene yet somewhat stark urban scene. A footbridge spans across the composition, connecting two areas that are not visible within the frame. The bridge, adorned with intricate metalwork, stands against a pale sky that transitions from a warm hue near the horizon to a cooler, lighter color at the top. Beneath the bridge, a calm body of water carries the reflection of the bridge and the objects that surround it.

On the left side, a mast with the French tricolor flag captivates the eye, its ropes hanging loosely. This flag adds a sense of nationality and perhaps a touch of the artist’s own cultural identity to the work. Alongside the water’s edge, lined with a protective barrier, a lone figure appears to fish, implying a juxtaposition of tranquil, everyday life against the industrial progress symbolized by the modern bridge.

The right side of the painting is bordered by a row of trees and shrubs whose leaves are tinged with bright specks, suggesting sunlight filtering through. This gives the foliage a vivacious texture, contrasting with the mechanical precision of the bridge and the quiet leisure activity of the figure.

Rousseau’s typical primitivist style is evident in the simplicity of forms and the dreamlike quality of the scene. Every element is rendered with a sense of flatness and an almost childlike directness, a hallmark of his approach within the Naïve Art movement. The lack of depth and the straightforward depiction of the subject matter contribute to the unique charm this artwork holds.

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