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Myself - Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau glorifies himself in this self-portrait, which he calls "landscape portrait". Halfway between the two, he depicts himself full-length, disproportionately large in relation to the landscape elements behind him. Considering himself to be ahead of his time in terms of painting, he incorporates into his setting obvious markers of modernity for his time: a metal bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the hot air balloon in the sky.
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The artwork in a nutshell

Henri Rousseau glorifies himself in this self-portrait, which he calls "landscape portrait". Halfway between the two, he depicts himself full-length, disproportionately large in relation to the landscape elements behind him. Considering himself to be ahead of his time in terms of painting, he incorporates into his setting obvious markers of modernity for his time: a metal bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the hot air balloon in the sky.

The artist

Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910) est né à Laval dans un milieu modeste. Surnommé «Le Douanier » en raison de sa profession, il peint durant son temps libre. Autodidacte, il essaye d'exposer son travail au Salon Officiel mais ses tableaux sont rejetés par un jury moqueur, qui qualifie ses peintures de maladroites, naïves et primitives. Alors que ses contemporains le traitent d'amateur, lui se considère comme un novateur qui casse les codes établis. Il jure que la naïveté présente dans ses œuvres a été acquise par son « travail opiniâtre ». C'est en 1884, grâce au Salon des Indépendants, sans jury ni récompense, qu'il exposera finalement et trouvera son public. Portraits, paysages urbains, paysages exotiques, Rousseau mourra, solitaire et désargenté, en laissant derrière lui un large éventail d’œuvres.
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