Landscape on the Banks of the Bievre at Becetre (1908 – 1909) by Henri Rousseau

Landscape on the Banks of the Bievre at Becetre - Henri Rousseau - 1908 - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape on the Banks of the Bievre at Becetre
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Date1908 - 1909
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)

About Landscape on the Banks of the Bievre at Becetre

The artwork entitled “Landscape on the Banks of the Bievre at Becetre” is a creation of artist Henri Rousseau, produced between the years 1908 and 1909. Rousseau employed oil on canvas as his medium to bring this piece to life, adhering to the Naïve Art movement, specifically Primitivism. This genre of the artwork is landscape, which showcases the artist’s unique perspective on natural scenery.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a vivid and stylized depiction of a natural landscape. Dominating the foreground are tall, slender trees with arching trunks and delicate, feathery leaves that form a sort of canopy above. The intricacy and somewhat exaggerated curvature of the trees draw the eye, hinting at Rousseau’s affinity for emphasizing the fantastical elements within the ordinary.

The color palette is rich yet restrained, utilizing a harmony of greens, blues, and earth tones that convey a serene and lush environment. In the middle distance, two figures can be seen on a path that appears to be receding into the deeper part of the landscape, suggesting depth and inviting the viewer’s eye to wander. A wooden fence lines one side of the path, while the shadow of a tree cast upon the pathway adds to the sense of a calm, early day.

In the background, the landscape is punctuated by the presence of a structure, perhaps a bridge or aqueduct, adorned with red elements, providing a contrast to the predominant greens and adding complexity to the composition. The overarching impression of the artwork is one that evokes a sense of tranquil simplicity, illustrative of Rousseau’s naive art style which offers a distinct and imaginative interpretation of the natural world.

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