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Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris

celebrates the range of the self-taught French painter's work. Known for his jungle scenes and taxidermy-like wild animals, Rousseau (1844-1910) is among the most famous of naïve artists. A special web presentation explores themes in his paintings: landscapes of Paris, allegories, portraits, forests, jungles, and more. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

The son of an ironmonger from the northwestern market town of Laval, Rousseau had a humble background. He moved to Paris in 1868 and eventually became a clerk for the Paris municipal customs service. For years Rousseau's artistic endeavors were limited to his work as a Sunday amateur, but at age forty-nine he retired from his customs post to paint full time.
'Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!)' by Henri Rousseau, 1891, oil on canvas. Credit: The National Gallery, London.

Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!)

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