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Interpreting Henri Rousseau Nancy Ireson

Interpreting Henri Rousseau

Nancy Ireson

Published June 13th 2006
ISBN : 9781854376152
Paperback
80 pages
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Henri Rousseau is at once one of the most popular and one of the most enigmatic artists of the modern era. Interpreting his work presented no less of a problem for his contemporaries than it does for us today. Different accounts of his life and artMoreHenri Rousseau is at once one of the most popular and one of the most enigmatic artists of the modern era. Interpreting his work presented no less of a problem for his contemporaries than it does for us today. Different accounts of his life and art make him out to be either the starting point for modernism on the one hand or a naive, primitive artist, cut off from the developments around him, on the other. What was it about his paintings that fascinated contemporaries like Picasso and the Surrealists? And what was it about his personality and social status that meant he never became part of the avant-garde? This carefully researched yet highly readable book will attempt to reveal the truth behind the myths that have grown up around Rousseau. Richly illustrated throughout with full colour reproductions of the paintings and contemporary photographs, it provides an ideal introduction to this most intriguing of artists.