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Francoise Cariou and French Impressionist Art
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"Art is the greatest expression of individuality the World has known" - Oscar Wilde
"Art is the greatest expression of individuality the World has known" - Oscar Wilde

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I'm often asked: "what came after Impressionism?" Here's one of the best answers:

Henri Rousseau – Naive French Post-Impressionist
 
Henri Rousseau – Naive French Post-Impressionist  was a truly unique artist whose influence on the painters to follow, particularly Henri Matisse was enormous.

Before Rousseau, there was no style of painting that could be classified as “naive” , “primitive, or “not impressionist.”In fact, it was Rousseau, through his completely natural expression who created it.

To say Rousseau was underappreciated during his lifetime would be an understatement. He was frequently ridiculed for his  ”childlike” style. Even more sadly, as a simple man – that is to say not an intellectual, he often interpreted sarcastic critical remarks as praise.

However, the praise did come. But precious little during his lifetime. And only at the end.

Curiously, although Rousseau is most widely known for his Jungle scenes, he never left France. The jungles, the tigers, and the exotic vegetation of his canvas’ sprang solely from his imagination. Inspired by visits to the  tropical indoor  gardens and conservatories of Paris.

The web Museum of Paris has more on the life of  Naive French Post Impressionist Herni Rousseau:

Rousseau, Henri, known as Le Douanier Rousseau (1844-1910). French painter, the most celebrated of naïve artists.

His nickname refers to the job he held with the Paris Customs Office (1871-93), although he never actually rose to the rank of `Douanier’ (Customs Officer). Before this he had served in the army, and he later claimed to have seen service in Mexico, but this story seems to be a product of his imagination. He took up painting as a hobby and accepted early retirement in 1893 so he could devote himself to art.

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. He tried to paint in the academic manner of such traditionalist artists as Bouguereau and Gérôme, but it 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.

His other work ranges from the jaunty humor of The Football Players (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1908) to the mesmeric, eerie beauty of The Sleeping Gypsy (MOMA, 1897). Rousseau was buried in a pauper’s grave, but his greatness began to be widely acknowledged soon after his death.
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matisse...always magic......
Henri Matisse -The Attic. 
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and the baby would be named?????
ÖZGÜRLÜK VE ADALET SEVİŞİYOR!!!
FREEDOM AND JUSTİCE MAKE LOVE!!!!;;)))))
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exceptional detail..not to mention TONS of patience!
Ballpoint portrait of Morgan Freeman
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impressive......like the heating bill i'm sure!
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This is something for Serious Collectors ONLY. (and it's not by me!)

happy Easter!
Francoise

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I'm JUMPING on this! You should be too if you collect contemporary art!
Have a great Easter!

Francoise

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hi everybody...hope you've got all your shopping done for Easter......
here's something fantastic Ifor Photography Collectors. (i'm one!)

have a great Easter!
Francoise

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if you interest in fine art extends to photographs......you don't want to miss this time sensitive opportunity.!

happy easter!
Francoise
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