The Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the Sunset (1910) by Henri Rousseau

The Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the Sunset - Henri Rousseau - 1910

Artwork Information

TitleThe Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the Sunset
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the Sunset

“The Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the Sunset” is a notable artwork by Henri Rousseau, completed in the year 1910. This piece belongs to the Naïve Art movement, specifically to the subset known as Primitivism, and is categorized within the cityscape genre. The artwork is presently held in a private collection, indicating its exclusive accessibility and potential valorization amongst art collectors and connoisseurs.

The artwork depicts a tranquil, romanticized view of the Seine River with the Eiffel Tower elegantly rising in the background. The sunset casts a warm glow over the scene, with hues of yellow, orange, and red striping the sky and reflecting upon the water. The composition of the artwork also includes lush greenery on either side, framing the river and enhancing the sense of a natural oasis within the urban landscape. In the foreground, a bridge spans the Seine, and figures can be seen strolling by or standing, perhaps taking in the serene beauty of the setting. The Eiffel Tower, captured at the magical hour of dusk, is a main focal point, while the sky above performs a dramatic display of color, emphasizing the romantic and idyllic qualities typical of Rousseau’s work. Despite the apparent simplicity of the technique, the scene is rendered with a depth and vibrancy that pays homage to the beauty of Parisian evenings.

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