View of Saint Cloud (1909) by Henri Rousseau

View of Saint Cloud - Henri Rousseau - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleView of Saint Cloud
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About View of Saint Cloud

The artwork “View of Saint Cloud” was created by the artist Henri Rousseau in 1909. It is an oil on canvas painting that embodies the Naïve Art movement, particularly known as Primitivism. This genre focuses on landscape paintings, and Rousseau’s piece depicts a serene setting. Presently, this artwork is part of a private collection.

“View of Saint Cloud” features a unique perspective characteristic of Rousseau’s style, which often includes lush botanical details and a sense of depth created by the layering of elements. In the foreground, tall, slender trees stretch upwards, their leaves intricately detailed and casting shadows upon the ground below. The midground reveals a glimpse of a river or lake with calm waters, bordered by more greenery and shrubbery that suggests a lively, verdant environment.

Beyond this natural foreground, the artwork opens up to a scenic view of Saint Cloud, where architectural buildings are nestled amid the landscape. Dominating the horizon, buildings with red rooftops emerge, indicating human habitation and civilization within the natural setting. The skyline is accented by a church spire that pierces the sky, adding verticality and a focal point that contrasts with the organic shapes of the trees and terrain. The tones used in the painting are soft and muted, contributing to an overall tranquil and idyllic atmosphere, inviting contemplation and appreciation of the harmonious coexistence of man-made and natural elements.

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