The Happy Quartet (1902) by Henri Rousseau

The Happy Quartet - Henri Rousseau - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleThe Happy Quartet
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Dimensions60.3 x 94.6 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Happy Quartet

“The Happy Quartet,” a work by Henri Rousseau dating back to 1902, stands as an exquisite example of the Naïve Art movement, more specifically, Primitivism. Executed in oil on canvas, the artwork measures 60.3 by 94.6 centimeters and is regarded as a genre painting. Currently, it is housed within a private collection.

The artwork in question reveals a bucolic and somewhat fantastical scene with four figures harmoniously integrated into a lush forest setting. On the left, a man appears to play a flute, sporting a simple red garment around his waist. Beside him, a woman delicately touches a flower to her lips, clothed only in what appears to be a vine or garland of flowers that meanders across her body. In the foreground, two additional figures, a cherubic child and an attentive dog, complete the quartet, both appearing to engage with the music created by the man’s flute. The child seems to dance, or perhaps imitate the flute player, while the dog looks up attentively. The backdrop is rich with verdant trees and foliage, and the entire scene is encapsulated in a serene atmosphere, suggesting a celebration of nature and simple pleasures. Rousseau’s distinctive style—a flat, dreamlike depiction with a meticulous attention to botanical details—enhances the whimsical nature of the composition, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in his idyllic, naive vision of the world.

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