Welcome To My Jungle
Inspired by Henri Rousseau
16 x 16 Oil Painting on Canvas
Art within Art Series
You cannot imagine how confusing this was to paint!
Sometimes I wonder why I must challenge myself so much.
I guess I have to prove I "can" do it! lol!
It really was fun to paint this and all of the patterns
and yet still keep things separate so the patterns didn't blend
all together. Painting it on a much larger canvas 16 x 16
did help. The curtains are a little more gray than the bluish
tint you see here but just could not get the correct lighting
but all in all is very close. Can you imagine walking into
a room and seeing him sitting there!
Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844 - September 2, 1910) (May 21, 1844 - September 2, 1910) was a French Post-Impressionist painter. He is also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer) after his place of employment. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality.
In 1893 Henri Rousseau took the chance to retire at the age of 49 on a small pension to realize his dream of becoming a full-time artist. Henri tried to supplement his pension by giving violin and painting lessons and by making portraits on commission. He earned some extra money as a street musician.
Rousseau was self-taught in every way. Even his painting technique was different. He painted the different colors one by one - first the blues and then the greens and so on - and he painted from top to bottom of the canvas.
Rousseau's work is characterized by heavy dependence on line, stiff (and unrealistic) portraiture, wild juxtapositions and flattened perspective from which the Cubists and Surrealists drew heavily. His imagination plays a major role in his work; Rousseau never personally set foot in a jungle. He did, though, spend considerable time viewing the plants and animals at Paris' Jardin des Plantes. It seems wrong to label his work as "primitive" without acknowledging the sense of wonder behind it.