The singular Douanier Rousseau at the Musee d'Orsay

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The singular Douanier Rousseau at the Musee d'Orsay

After Venice in 2015, Henri Rousseau comes to Paris for the ‘Henri Rousseau: Archaic Innocence' exhibition. It is jointly mounted by Palazzo Ducale and the Orsay Museum.

The masterpieces of Henri Rousseau from the Orsay Museum and the Orangerie's French collection are joined by those on loan from the most prestigious international institutions. There are also paintings by Seurat, Delaunay, Kandinsky, Picasso, and other lesser-known artists. The goal is to evoke the richness of the relationships created around this father of modernity, who was the ‘alpha and omega of painting' for Swiss painter Félix Vallotton at the turn of the 20th century. His singular work is confronted with sources of inspiration (academic, illustration, etc.). The exhibition also reflects on the pictorial notion of archaism. Rousseau was a unique case in the history of European art. The Surrealists owed much to him. And Apollinaire wrote a long epitaph on his grave: ‘Remember, Rousseau, the Aztec landscape / Forests where mangoes and pineapples grew…'

Le Douanier Rousseau. L'innocence archaïque 
Musée d'Orsay
1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75007 Paris

From the 22nd of March to the 17th of July 2016

12 EUR

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Thursdays till 9:45 p.m.

Closed Mondays and 1 May