Lot 158
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Henri Rousseau 1875-1933

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  • Henri Rousseau
  • Entrée au Village

  • signed and dated Henri Rousseau / 21 lower left

  • oil on canvas
  • 98.5 by 147.3cm., 38¾ by 58in.

Catalogue Note

Born in Cairo, Henri Rousseau received his artistic training in Paris in the studio of Jean-Léon Gérôme. While Gérôme is best known for his finely rendered exotic interiors full of detail, Rousseau followed in the tradition of Eugène Fromentin and Adolf Schreyer. His paintings of Morroccan and Algerian life typically depict nomadic horsemen, surrounded by open spaces and high skies, or town scenes.

Rousseau typically painted animated compositions, full of movement and dynamism in bright and shimmering colours. Unlike many of the Orientalist painters who created imaginary scenes in their Paris studios, Rousseau was no stranger to these exotic lands, and his paintings display great spontaneity of execution and an accurate rendering of light, as exemplified by the present work.