Park with Figures (c.1895) by Henri Rousseau

Park with Figures - Henri Rousseau - c.1895

Artwork Information

TitlePark with Figures
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationBarnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, US

About Park with Figures

The artwork “Park with Figures” is an oil on canvas painting by Henri Rousseau, created around 1895. The piece exemplifies the Naïve Art (Primitivism) movement and is categorized as a landscape. This work is a part of the collection housed at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, United States.

The artwork depicts a tranquil park scene with several elements that draw the viewer’s attention. In the foreground, lush greenery and plants are painted with detailed leaf patterns, standing out against the rest of the composition. This display of flora gives the scene a sense of depth and layers. Beyond the vegetation, a band of musicians dressed in red and blue uniforms appears to be marching through the park, adding a vibrant splash of color and a sense of activity.

The middle ground of the painting is dominated by an open grassy area where scattered figures can be seen. Some of these individuals are in pairs or small groups, while others are isolated, contributing to the park’s relaxed and social atmosphere. To the right of the composition, a building with a distinctive conical roof and a tall chimney emitting smoke adds to the narrative of a park situated close to industrial or residential areas. The smoke leisurely drifts across the cloudy sky, indicating a possible interaction between the natural and manufactured environments.

Finally, the backdrop features a dense row of trees, with the horizon where the sky and the land meet barely discernible. Henri Rousseau’s style, characterized by a lack of conventional perspective and a child-like directness, creates a charming and imaginative interpretation of a park that may delight viewers with its simplicity and calmness.

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