Henri Rousseau

May 21, 1844 - Sep 2, 1910

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier, a humorous description of his occupation as a toll and tax collector. He started painting seriously in his early forties; by age 49, he retired from his job to work on his art full-time.
Ridiculed during his lifetime by critics, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. Rousseau's work exerted an extensive influence on several generations of avant-garde artists.
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“Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.”

Henri Rousseau
May 21, 1844 - Sep 2, 1910
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