A major exhibition of Henri Rousseau opened in Prague

The National Gallery in Prague presents a retrospective of Henri Rousseau, one of the founders of primitivism and naive art. The exposition “Customs officer Rousseau: the lost paradise of the artist”, including the master’s key masterpieces, housed in the very center of the city in the Kinsky Palace on Old Town Square until mid-January 2017.The exposition has already been to Venice, and has stayed in Paris: we have devoted a separate review to the event. And in the Czech Republic it is realized in cooperation with the Museum d'Orsay, and it is complemented by works of famous Czech artists from museums and private collections: Otto Gutfreind, Jan Zrzavý and other masters.Career Henri Rousseau 1897, 85 × 102 cm “They brought almost all the key works ... including such top masterpieces, such as“ War ”and“ Snake charmer ”. The famous tropical landscapes, of course, are also present. I think it would not be a big exaggeration to say that exhibitions of this level in Prague have not been since the days of the legendary Rodin exhibition more than a hundred years ago, "wrote the famous photographer Vova Pomortsev, who lives in Prague, in his blog.Snake charmer Anri Russo1907, 190 × 169 cm Exhibition video invites viewers to take an extraordinary, mystical journey
in search of a lost paradise by Henri RousseauThe artist and his wife Anri Russo1095, 56.5 × 65 cm

Henri Rousseau (Henri Julien Felix Rousseau, 1844 - 1910) - the forerunner of postmodernism, pointillism and conceptualism - was self-taught, a simple customs officer (hence the nickname). He intuitively followed the laws of perspective, conveying it with the help of shades and color changes with distance from objects. His imaginary worlds, full of dense thickets, grass and bushes above human growth, lush colors and unexpected objects, attracted the attention of visitors to the Independent Salon and earned high marks from Paul Signac, Odilon Redon, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso.

Among the bohemian youth, so-called “evenings at the customs officer” were popular. Rousseau invited artists, poets and just friends, played music to them, showed his paintings. And he didn’t react at all to the fact that most of these friends come to laugh at him.
... Picasso's friend Fernanda Olivier recalled: “He blushed easily when someone objected to him or when he was embarrassed. He assented to everything he was told, but it was felt that he was holding himself detached and simply did not dare to express his thoughts. ” But not so simple. Prostak Russo was in the Masonic order ... Read the detailed biography of the artist in Arthive“Rousseau is the perfection of the naive way of life,” as Picasso described it. Noisy companies filled his house, perfumed ladies in narrow gloves turned sternly, dandy dandies built themselves as hard-boiled connoisseurs of life and tried to look particularly witty against the background of this funny old man. On one of the evenings, Van Gogh came to meet Rousseau. While the bohemian youth laughed and sang, he was silent and serious. He stayed when everyone left, and said softly: “Remove the mask, Rousseau. Understand, I am also a peasant and an artist. ”Landscape with airship Anri Russo1907, 46.1 × 55 cm “A modest customs officer (hence the nickname“ Customs ”) spread the legend that he had been in Mexico while serving in the army - after all, it was necessary to somehow explain where the whole world of unruly thickets, huge, taller human growth, fabulous colors and wild, biblical animal fights ... ”- and 10 more bright facts for the anniversary of the“ Customs Officer ”.A hungry tiger attacks on Buffalo by Henri Russo 1908, 170 × 189.5 cm. The picture “A hungry tiger attacks on Buffalo” (1908) was brought to Prague from the Cleveland Museum of Art, USA.EvaAnri Russo1907, 61 × 46 cmFrom the description in the Arthive of the painting “War (Horsewoman of Discord)” placed on the picture page.
“When Henri Rousseau met his second love, Josephine, she was married to a bad type, Monsieur Tanceray, who drank and taunted a woman. What could an artist do? Something could. He portrayed his beloved wife in the form of a corpse - the bearded man on the right, on whose chest a crow crowned up, gnawing at his eyes - this is Josephine’s husband. According to rumors, fellow Rousseau Masonic Lodge condemned this technique. However, the results he brought, the magic of painting does not make idle shots: after a while Josephine's husband, being drunk, died in a roadside ditch ...
The artist also depicted himself in this picture. He is here - the only living thing except the horsewoman and the birds. On the right, in the foreground is a man with open eyes. On the one hand, this is the triumph of life - the rider of contention rushes over him, around the corpses, and he is alive. On the other - recognition, we plant so, the fragility of this phenomenon. How long will he stay alive if the war rushes over him? ... "War (Horsewoman of Discord) Henri Rousseau 1894, 195 × 114.5 cm The exhibition of works by Henri Rousseau in Prague will run until January 15, 2017. Title illustration: “Rainforest with a monkey and a snake”, by Henri Rousseau