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Creator Name: Rousseau, Henri (le Douanier)
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1844 - 1910
Creator Name-CRT: Henri Rousseau
Title: La Seine à Meudon
Title Type: Foreign
Title: Outskirts of Paris
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1893
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: c. 1893-1900
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 38cm x 46cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: "Henri Rousseau"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1929.951
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: In addition to his large canvases, Rousseau completed and exhibited many small landscapes, including this scene of the river Seine. While retaining a sharp , detailed rendering of objects, Rousseau abandoned the flat tonality of his earlier works for more blended modeling and freer brushwork. The volumes of the clouds, trees, and houses occupy distinct areas in space, revealing the serenity of an organized world. Inconsistencies, such as the French flag blowing to the left and the weather vane pointing to the right, indicate Rousseau's naive, highly individualistic approach. A self-taught painter who, at the age of 41, quit his job in the Paris Municipal Toll Service to devote himself entirely to art, Rousseau was widely admired by avant-garde artists for his inventive subjects and intuitive sense of design.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1929.951
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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