This video covers 10 really amazing facts about the French naïve painter Henri Rousseau. It covers the following points and is aimed at young people and adults interested in art history. This art video would be a great introduction to an art lesson on mixing different tones of a single colour, e.g. green, as depicted in his jungle paintings. Rousseau was born in Laval in France and worked for a solicitor when he left school. He joined the army in 1863.
Rousseau exaggerates a great deal for example he claimed to serve in Mexico where he got inspiration for his jungle paintings – but no evidence from army records that he left France. He left the army in 1868, moved to Paris and marries Clemence Boitard before getting a job as a tax collector on gates of Paris. He claims he didn’t start painting until 1886 when 42 but evidence shows he was copying paintings in the Louvre at least 2 years earlier. He is totally self-taught.
In 1885 exhibits first pictures at the Salon des Refuses, these have technical problems but have a naïve charm about them. His ‘Surprised’, Old Junior’s Cart and ‘Scout attacked by a Tiger ‘are amongst is most important works.
In 1908 Picasso presents him with a cardboard medal in his studio at the Bateau Lavoir in Paris. He dies a pauper in 1910 and is buried in a pauper’s grave, 7 people attend his funeral. He is reburied in 1912 and again in 1947.
Music: Gymnopedie No 2 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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