Vintage 1950s Rousseau "The Snake-Charmer" Swiss Art PrintGOLDEN RULE GALLERY VINTAGE ART
A mid-century print of Rousseau’s The Snake-Charmer (1907) on 11.75" x 9” thick glossy paper with hints of patina.
Commentary on the work circa 1950s:
THE SNAKE-CHARMER (1907). One of the most famous of his "exotic" pieces, remarkable for its colors, its visionary splendor, the monumental simplicity of its composition. Note the curious distribution of light in this canvas. The artist began by painting his naked woman with due deference to modesty (and to academic tradition) against the light--with the moonlight shining behind her. But he soon breaks with this convention, or simply forgets it, and his magnificent pink flamingo is seen in full light, as are the plants edged with chrome yellow, some fantastic variety of hortensia, whose spear-shaped leaves are his own invention.
Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (1844-1910) was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier, a humorous description of his occupation as a toll and tax collector.