- Henri Rousseau
- Vue des environs de Paris
- Signed Henri Rousseau (lower right)
- Oil on canvas
- 13 by 16 1/8 in.
- 33 by 41 cm
Christian Zervos, Henry Rousseau, Les Cahiers d'Art, Paris, 1927, no. 5, illustrated
Roch Grey, Henry Rousseau, Paris, 1943, no. 60, illustrated
Lo Duca, Henri Rousseau, dit le Douanier, Paris, 1951, illustrated p. 7
Jean Bouret, Henri Rousseau, Neuchâtel, 1961, no. 113, illustrated p. 201
Dora Vallier, Henri Rousseau, Paris, Cologne, 1961, illustrated pl. 107 (as dating from 1906)
Dora Vallier, L'Opera Completa di Rousseau il Doganiere, Milan, 1969, no. 191, illustrated p. 105
Henry Certigny, Le douanier Rousseau en son temps, Biographie et catalogue raisonné, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1984, no. 163, illustrated p. 335
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Vue des environs de Paris is significant within the artist’s œuvre because of its evocative rendering of the weather. A solitary figure beneath an umbrella is an eloquent device that highlights the ominous storm clouds rising above the smoking chimney stacks. The leaves and branches seem to shiver under the falling rain and sway in the wind. The critic Gustave Coquiot wrote that Rosseau had “such style, such inventiveness, such a rare deployment of qualities; and above all he offers such a love, such personal generosity, such a gift of his naked heart, such absence of falsehood, of insincerity, that we can rightly speak of Rousseau’s contribution to painting as both generous and unique” (quoted in Henri Rousseau (exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1985, p. 37).