Le Douanier Rousseau : L'innocence archaïque

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Douanier Rousseau (© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski)
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© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski
'La charmeuse de serpents', Douanier Rousseau
Douanier Rousseau (© RMN-Grand Palais (musée de l’Orangerie) / Franck Raux)
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© RMN-Grand Palais (musée de l’Orangerie) / Franck Raux
'L'enfant à la poupée', Douanier Rousseau
Douanier Rousseau/ Picasso (© RMN-Grand Palais (musée Picasso de Paris) / © Succession Picasso 2016)
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© RMN-Grand Palais (musée Picasso de Paris) / © Succession Picasso 2016
'Maya à la poupée', Pablo Picasso
Douanier Rousseau/Cara (© Archivio fotografico MART, Rovereto  © ADAGP, Paris 2016)
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© Archivio fotografico MART, Rovereto © ADAGP, Paris 2016
'Le Fiacre', Carlo Carra

A critical look at the frequently cited ‘modernity’ of the painter’s naïf tableaus.

Through his exotic and colourful naïf paintings, Henri Rousseau (nicknamed ‘Le Douanier’ as a jokey description of his job as toll collector) takes viewers on a beguiling journey off into far-flung worlds. Rousseau’s style – which was quite bold for his time – has led to the artist being revered in some avant-garde circles as the ‘father of modernity’, while others remain doubtful of this status. By setting his works against others from Seurat, Delaunay, Kandinsky and Picasso, this exhibit aims to cast a critical light on his art.

TRANSLATION: HUW OLIVER

By: Virginie Duchesne

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