Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"Tiger in a Tropical Storm" by Henri Rousseau (1891)



FROM WIKIPEDIA:

Because of his naive style, Rousseau had many critics and often people were shocked by his work or ridiculed it. His ingenuousness was extreme, and he was not aware that establishment artists considered him untutored. He always aspired, in vain, to conventional acceptance. People said that he painted like a child and did not know what he was doing, but the work shows sophistication in his particular technique.

From 1886 he exhibited regularly in the Salon des Ind├ępendants, and, although his work was not placed prominently, it drew an increasing following over the years. Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!) was exhibited in 1891, and Rousseau received his first serious review, when the young artist Felix Vallotton wrote: "His tiger surprising its prey ought not to be missed; it's the alpha and omega of painting."

3 comments:

Jon said...

I love Rousseau! Thanks!

isaiah said...

What a vibrant painting and lesson in letting go, and having the courage to create when the vision comes. Did Rousseau know his work was considered by his peer's "less than"? Looking upon it now, I wonder how this could be. Perhaps we all can learn from Rousseau to disregard what others may say and always go with the courage to create.

Why did you post this, Trev? Did the picture strike you or was there a lesson here for you as well?

Whatever the matter- thanks for the post and introduction to the artist Rousseau. It is a fascinating work of art!

Trev Diesel said...

Believe it or not, the painting came up on a children's show that Kalli was watching and I thought "That is a really cool painting" - so I came to work and looked it up on Google and Wikipedia and decided to share it with ya'll.

"Perhaps we all can learn from Rousseau to disregard what others may say and always go with the courage to create." I agree!