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Henri Rousseau

The Falconers

Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau

The Falconers

The Falconers

Henri Rousseau

French

1844 - 1910

The Falconers


signed and dated Henri Rousseau 33 lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 60 by 81cm., 23½ by 32in.

Framed: 74.5 by 95.5cm., 29¼ by 37½in.

The canvas has not been lined and providing a strong and stable support to the paint surface. There is good impasto and the work is in good overall condition ready to hang. Examination under UV light reveals some fluorescing around the figure far right and also to the sky, although this appears to be artist's pigment.


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Born in Cairo, Henri Rousseau received his artistic training in Paris in the studio of Jean-Léon Gérôme. While Gérôme was famous for his controlled academic style, Rousseau espoused the freer aesthetic - characterised by bold and dynamic brushstrokes - of the Delacroix-inspired painters Eugène Fromentin and Adolf Schreyer. His paintings of Moroccan and Algerian life typically depict nomadic horsemen, surrounded by open spaces and high skies, or town scenes. Rousseau was no stranger to North Africa, and his paintings display great spontaneity of execution and an accurate rendering of light, as exemplified by the present work.