The wedding party (c.1905) by Henri Rousseau

The wedding party - Henri Rousseau - c.1905

Artwork Information

TitleThe wedding party
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Dimensions114 x 163 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationMusée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France

About The wedding party

The artwork titled “The Wedding Party” was created by artist Henri Rousseau circa 1905. This oil on canvas piece is a notable example of the Naïve Art movement, also referred to as Primitivism, and it measures 114 by 163 centimeters. Styled as a portrait, the artwork falls under the genre that captures individual or group likenesses. This piece is housed in the Musée de l’Orangerie, located in Paris, France.

“The Wedding Party” by Henri Rousseau presents a group of individuals gathered in an outdoor setting, seemingly celebrating a wedding. At the center, a bride adorned in a traditional white wedding gown, holding a small bouquet, is the focal point of the composition. Standing by her side is another prominent figure. Surrounding the central pair are several individuals whose faces are depicted with a distinctive flatness and stylization characteristic of Rousseau’s approach to portraiture.

These figures are set against a backdrop marked by verdant foliage and trees that extend beyond the upper edge of the canvas, imbuing the scene with a sense of natural enclosure. A solemn palette dominates the attire of the attendees, contrasting with the brighter tones of the environment. A black dog is also present at the bottom of the artwork, contributing to the narrative of a familial or communal event.

Rousseau’s technique and use of perspective demonstrate his self-taught, outsider approach to art-making, with a composition that emphasizes the flatness of the figures against the depth of the landscape. The artist’s application of color and distinctive contour lines create a scene that is at once dreamlike and grounded, embodying the inherent charm and simplicity found within this genre of art.

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