The Portrait of Joseph Brummer is a painting created by Henri Rousseau in 1909. The painting depicts Joseph Brummer, a Hungarian-born art dealer and collector who exhibited antique artifacts, early European art, and works of modern painters and sculptors in his galleries in Paris and New York. This portrait is an example of Naïve Art (Primitivism), characterized by its childlike simplicity and unschooled style.
Rousseau had a close relationship with Brummer, which is evident in the portrait’s details. The painting’s dimensions are 88.3 x 118.7 cm with a brightly colored backdrop featuring botany and nature elements that provide depth to the picture. Rousseau painted this portrait during his later years without formal academic training. He applied thick brushstrokes which resulted in uneven textures that made the piece more vibrant.
Today, the Portrait of Joseph Brummer remains part of a private collection outside public display. As an essential example of Rousseau’s artistic masterpieces characterized by colorful palettes, Naive Art techniques, warm outdoor landscapes that showcase people from different backgrounds through the artist’s eyes, this work represents Gallery Brummer as one of Paris’ most influential art establishments during French Post-Impressionism artistic era reputation-driven time period for innovative artists like Henri Matisse or Pablo Picasso on Jean-Jacques’ Rue-Rotrou gallery street corner near brassy American embassy building facade where it met visitors from all over Europe seeking new international perspectives often created after World War One had ended to cross new horizons away from conservative traditions toward pluricultural innovation opportunities promised within newly established alliances before another global catastrophe distorted such ideals once again.