Henri Rousseau Self Portrait, Framed Art Print
This work illustrates Rousseau as a petit bourgeois Frenchman who took pride in his civil service position, a traditional academic artist and devoted patriot, a loyal husband, and a simple painter at work with his easel. The artist’s composure, dress and context also announced his ambition as an academic painter worthy of paying tribute to this modern republic.
Rousseau's ambitions to become a noted academic painter are evoked in the sub text of this work, which announces a new hybrid genre – the portrait-landscape. The artist claimed to have invented the ‘portrait-landscape’ style, in which a subject is defined by their surroundings.
Although he completed the portrait in 1890, Rousseau subsequently updated the work with additional autobiographical details: a ribbon of the order of academic distinction, which he added to his lapel in 1901, after becoming a drawing teacher at the Association Philotechnique, and the names of his two wives, Clemence and Josephine, which he later painted on the palette.
A contemporary critic mocked Rousseau’s self-promoting portrayal in this work. He said: "I found it extremely difficult to come to terms with Monsieur Henri Rousseau whom I shall call, if I may, the sensation at the Indépendants. M. Rousseau is bent on renewing the art of painting. The portrait-landscape is his own invention and I would advise him to take out a patent on it, as unscrupulous characters are quite capable of using it." Rousseau proudly responded: "I am the inventor of the portrait landscape, as the press has pointed out."
Available as an unframed fine art print or choose from a variety of frames and mounts.
All frames are made from responsibly sourced wood and are made in our Nottinghamshire workshop.
Print size quoted is the printed area, with mounts varying from 1 inch wide for small prints and 2-3 inches wide for larger prints.
For example, the 8x10 inch print with white mount and white frame will measure approximately 10x14 inches overall and the 24x30 inch print with white mount and white frame will measure approximately 32x38 inches overall.
Frames are approximately one inch wide and one inch deep.
All prints are made using archival art stocks and UV pigment inks to give up to 200 years life.
Frames and Mounts
All of our frames are custom made to order in our Nottinghamshire workshop. The wood for our frames is responsibly sourced from managed forests in the UK and EU.
All of our frames are fitted with a backing board with integral hanging points.
Our mounts are cut from sustainable sourced acid free board.
Frames up to 16x20 inches are fitted with high clarity glass and larger frames are fitted with high quality acrylic which has the same visual clarity as our glass.
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.
Rousseau claimed he had "no teacher other than nature" although he admitted he had received "some advice" from two established Academic painters, Félix Auguste Clément and Jean-Léon Gérôme. Essentially, he was self-taught and is considered to be a naïve or primitive painter.
His best-known paintings depict jungle scenes, even though he never left France or saw a jungle. Stories spread by admirers that his army service included the French expeditionary force to Mexico are unfounded. His inspiration came from illustrations in children's books and the botanical gardens in Paris, as well as tableaux of taxidermy wild animals. During his term of service, he had also met soldiers who had survived the French expedition to Mexico, and he listened to their stories of the subtropical country they had encountered. To the critic Arsène Alexandre, he described his frequent visits to the Jardin des Plantes: "When I go into the glass houses and I see the strange plants of exotic lands, it seems to me that I enter into a dream."
Along with his exotic scenes there was a concurrent output of smaller topographical images of the city and its suburbs.
He claimed to have invented a new genre of portrait landscape, which he achieved by starting a painting with a specific view, such as a favourite part of the city, and then depicting a person in the foreground.
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