The Avenue in Saint-Cloud Park, Henri Rousseau
Henri Rousseau
The Avenue in Saint-Cloud Park
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Henri Rousseau

The Avenue in Saint-Cloud Park, ca. 1908


Dimensions
46.2 x 37.6 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 404
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926
Status
On display

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About the Work

At the age of forty-one, Henri Rousseau gave up his work as a customs official to devote himself entirely to painting. A self-taught artist, he developed a style characterised by distortions and unnatural proportions and perspectives. Tiny human figures promenade along an avenue lined with rows of uniform trees. In naïve manner, every detail – whether in the foreground or background – is treated equally. Rousseau is considered a precursor of Surrealism because of the way dream worlds and reality merge in his works.

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The Avenue in Saint-Cloud Park
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Oil on canvas
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: H. Rousseau

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926

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15.05.2019