Inspired by Henri Rousseau
Painting with The Masters
11 x 14 Interior Oil Painting on Canvas
This painting is sooo 60's! Do you remember the Hippie Movement and Flower Power fro that period?
Flower power was a slogan used during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive
resistance and non-violence ideology. It is rooted in the opposition movement to the Vietnam War.
The expression was coined by the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1965 as a means to
transform war protests into peaceful affirmative spectacles. Hippies embraced the symbolism by
dressing in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and
distributing flowers to the public, becoming known as flower children. The term later became
generalized as a modern reference to the hippie movement and a culture of drugs, psychedelic
music, psychedelic art and social permissiveness.
I always think of this when I see Rousseau's flower paintings for some reason so along with some
crazy chairs, flower boots and a 60's TV, this is an interior painting representing:
Rousseau, Henri, known as Le Douanier Rousseau (1844-1910). French painter, the most celebrated of naïve artists.
His character was extraordinarily ingenuous and he suffered much ridicule (although he sometimes interpreted sarcastic remarks literally and took them as praise) as well as enduring great poverty.
However, his faith in his own abilities never wavered. Tt was the innocence and charm of his work that won him the admiration of the avant-garde: in 1908 Picasso gave a banquet, half serious half burlesque, in his honor.
Rousseau is now best known for his jungle scenes, the first of which is Surprised! (Tropical Storm with a Tiger) (National Gallery, London, 1891) and the last The Dream (MOMA, New York, 1910). These two paintings are works of great imaginative power, in which he showed his extraordinary ability to retain the utter freshness of his vision even when working on a large scale and with loving attention to detail. He claimed such scenes were inspired by his experiences in Mexico, but in fact his sources were illustrated books and visits to the zoo and botanical gardens in Paris.
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