Rousseau is best known for his jungle and animal scenes which have drawn huge interest from the international art mainstream who found a great charm within his work.
His work is sometimes classified as Primitivism though in truth his style is very much his own, and the subjects which he chose to depict are similarly imaginative.
Paintings such as Snake Chamer and Dream placed Henri Rousseau as an important and highly memorable painter which this website is devoted to.
French art has long since dominated within Europe since around the middle of the 19th century when it came upon a long spate of imaginative artists who helped push on ideas from previously traditional styles that were starting to appear stale to those who were more contemporary-minded.
The Renaissance had been heavily led by artists from Italy and then France took the lead in a similar way around the 19th century thanks to painters like Henri Rousseau plus the impressionists.
Henri Rousseau was not taken seriously by academics during his own life and it is only the popularity of his work within the public that has ensured his reputation remains strong in the modern day.
Rousseau was sadly derided as an artist perhaps due to his highly contemporary approach as well as the fact that he hadn't had any traditional training, as such, though this is probably now seen as an advantage towards him being so innovative and unique.
As you will see from the Henri Rousseau gallery included throughout this website, his style remained consistent throughout all of his most notable paintings.
Famous paintings from Henri Rousseau included the likes of The Sleeping Gypsy, The Merry Jesters, The Snake Charmer and The Dream although there are many more than this which are worth checking out and they are all included throughout this website.
Fernand Leger, Max Beckmann and Jean Hugo are all known to have been influenced by Rousseau and are likely to have picked up on his charming choice of subject as well as a contemporary use of colour and detail.