View of Bottom and MeudonBillancourt (1890) by Henri Rousseau

View of Bottom and MeudonBillancourt - Henri Rousseau - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleView of Bottom and MeudonBillancourt
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Dimensions22 x 33 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About View of Bottom and MeudonBillancourt

The artwork “View of Bottom and MeudonBillancourt” by artist Henri Rousseau is a landscape painting created in 1890. The medium of this piece is oil on canvas, showcasing the distinct stylistic elements of Naïve Art, which is sometimes referred to as Primitivism. This genre of art is known for a childlike simplicity and frankness. With dimensions of 22 x 33 cm, the artwork is relatively modest in size. Currently, it is housed in a private collection, indicating that it is not on public display.

The painting offers a serene depiction of a rural landscape. In the foreground, a lush, green field is bisected by a dirt path. Two figures with a horse and carriage occupy this trail, adding a touch of life and human presence. To the right, a dense copse of round, leafy trees fills the midsection of the canvas, their dark trunks contrasting sharply with the bright green of their foliage. The background features a charming village, with clusters of houses and other buildings nestled among more trees. Dominating the village skyline is a church spire, reaching into a lightly clouded sky, drawing the viewer’s gaze upward and lending a sense of verticality to the otherwise horizontal stretch of the landscape. Indicators of the season, weather, or time of day are subtly portrayed, contributing to the overall tranquil atmosphere of this idyllic scene. The artwork’s color palette is soft yet clear, with the natural greens, blues, and earth tones harmonizing to create a picturesque and inviting view of the French countryside.

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