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See also 'The Three Dancers
Henri Rousseau was a shock to the Parisian art world of the late nineteenth century. His flat, naïve, childish, untrained style was a warm, tropical breath of fresh air in the stilted, formally-trained art scene of the time. There’s a case to be made for viewing ‘Le Douanier” (‘the customs officer’, as he was named after his day job) as the first outsider artist. His total disregard for formal art ideas was a big hit with the likes of Picasso, Fernand Léger and the surrealists. In this rainswept vista of a faraway forest (Rousseau had never left France), his imagination takes flight and even to this day stands out as a unique artistic vision.