Vase of Flowers (1901 – 1902) by Henri Rousseau

Vase of Flowers - Henri Rousseau - 1901 - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleVase of Flowers
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Date1901 - 1902
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

About Vase of Flowers

The artwork “Vase of Flowers” by Henri Rousseau is an exemplar of the Naïve Art movement, specifically Primitivism, crafted between 1901 and 1902. The medium used in this flower painting is oil on canvas. It holds a place within the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, US.

In examining the artwork, one observes a vibrant assemblage of flowers positioned in an earth-toned vase which rests upon an orange tabletop, the whole scene set against a muted, monochromatic background. The composition is a rich tapestry of colors, with reds, oranges, whites, and yellows standing out amidst the greenery. The vase contains an assortment of floral species, including large blooms that could be interpreted as roses and other flowers with delicate petals, accompanied by sprigs bearing small round buds. The painting features a distinctive flatness and absence of traditional perspective, which are characteristic of Rousseau’s style. Moreover, the artist’s signature is prominently displayed on the front of the table, showcasing his own recognition of the piece. The stylistic choices reflect the artist’s self-taught background, contributing to the charm and direct appeal associated with Naïve Art.

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