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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: Combat de tigre et de buffle
Title Type: Foreign
Title: The Fight of a Tiger and a Buffalo
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1907
Creation End Date: 1908
Creation Date: 1907/8
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 170cm x 189.5cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: "Henri Rousseau / 1908"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1949.186
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Context: Although Rousseau never ventured outside France, he gave this painting a tropical mood derived from reading travel books and from frequent visits to the Paris botanical garden, the Jardin des Plantes. He surrounded the image of a tiger attacking a buffalo with a fantastic jungle scene of sharply outlined hothouse plants enlarged to frightening proportions. Botanical accuracy was of little importance-note the bananas growing upside down. Rousseau was working on this painting when he was arrested and imprisoned for fraud in December 1907. Officials granted him an early release to finish it for exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants, where this major composition, one of the artist's largest and most important, appeared in March 1908.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1949.186
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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