Henri Rousseau (French, 1844–1910), a self-taught artist, created some of the most cap¬tivating images in Modern art. A painter by hobby, Rousseau first exhibited in the 1886 Salon des Indépendants, and he continued showing his paintings there for the rest of his life. In 1893 he retired from his job in the customs service in Paris and devoted himself to art. Although perhaps best known for his depictions of fantastical jungle scenes, Rousseau painted a wide range of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes. He also produced many still lifes in his simple, bold, colorful style, including a series of the flowers he loved so much.
The two floral still lifes reproduced in this notecard set are from the extraordinary Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which houses the world’s largest private collection of French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern art, including eighteen paintings by Rousseau.
Contains five each of the following two notecards:
Bouquet of Flowers (Bouquet de fleurs), 1909–1910;
Bouquet of Flowers with China Asters and Tokyos (Bouquet de fleurs aux raines-marguerites et aux tokyos), 1910