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Henri Rousseau

European Art

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This self-portrait, which displays the odd spatial disjunctions and flat tones typical of Henri Rousseau’s work, is likely the pendant to a portrait of the artist’s first wife, who died in 1888.

Self-taught, Rousseau did not start painting full-time until he was in his forties, shortly before he retired from his job as a customs officer. He showed his paintings at various independent exhibitions in Paris and became an important influence for vanguard artists, who appreciated the simplicity of his vision, often described at the time as “primitive.” Pablo Picasso was a particular fan and owned several of Rousseau’s works, including a similar set of portraits of Rousseau and his second wife posed with oil lamps instead of flowers.
MEDIUM Oil on paper mounted to canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1900–1903
    DIMENSIONS 7 3/8 × 5 3/4 in. (18.7 × 14.6 cm) frame: 11 3/4 × 10 3/8 × 2 3/4 in. (29.8 × 26.4 × 7 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "H. Rousseau"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Laura L. Barnes
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Henri Rousseau (Laval, France, 1844 – 1910, Paris, France). Self-Portrait, ca. 1900–1903. Oil on paper mounted to canvas , 7 3/8 × 5 3/4 in. (18.7 × 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes, 67.24.14 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.24.14_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 67.24.14_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    Henri Rousseau (Laval, France, 1844 – 1910, Paris, France). <em>Self-Portrait</em>, ca. 1900–1903. Oil on paper mounted to canvas
, 7 3/8 × 5 3/4 in. (18.7 × 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes, 67.24.14 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.24.14_PS9.jpg)