The Walk in the Forest (1886 – 1890) by Henri Rousseau

The Walk in the Forest - Henri Rousseau - 1886 - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleThe Walk in the Forest
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Date1886 - 1890
Dimensions60 x 70 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationKunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

About The Walk in the Forest

The artwork titled “The Walk in the Forest” was crafted by the notable artist Henri Rousseau sometime between 1886 and 1890. This work of art was created using the medium of oil on canvas and is a representation of the Naïve Art movement, particularly Primitivism. The genre of this painting is classified as a genre painting. It measures 60 by 70 centimeters and is currently housed in the Kunsthaus Zürich, located in Zürich, Switzerland.

“The Walk in the Forest” presents a serene, almost mystical forest scene. In the foreground, a solitary figure is depicted taking a leisurely stroll through the woods, her dress and the walking stick she carries suggesting a bygone era. The colors employed by Rousseau are vibrant yet convey a softened realism that is typical of the Naïve Art style. Trees with thin, delicate branches and an array of leaves fill the scene, while the variety of green hues with touches of warm autumn colors create a sense of depth and richness in the landscape.

Rousseau’s composition demonstrates his self-taught technique with its flat planes and the characteristic lack of perspective, creating a dreamlike and simplified essence that is strikingly different from the academic styles of his time. The peacefulness of the scene and the solitary figure evoke a contemplation of nature’s quietude and the simple pleasure of a solitary walk among the trees, untouched by the bustle of modern life.

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