Basel, Fondation Beyeler


One hundred years after his death, Fondation Beyeler celebrates the work of Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) by assembling 40 of his masterworks, a large number of which come from Paris’s Musée national de l’Orangerie, Musée d’Orsay and the Musée national Picasso.

Rousseau was a pioneer in classical modern art, despite having no formal training and largely painting in his free time outside of his regular work as a customs official. Only later in his life did contemporaries, like poet Apollinaire and artists Picasso, Léger, Delaunay and Kandinsky recognize the value of his work.

The highlight of the exhibition is his celebrated jungle series. Rousseau never actually visited the wild forests he represented, which may have allowed his imagination to flourish into the sumptuous colors and exotic figures within. This element of fantasy introduced the way for many Cubists and Surrealists.

February 7th through May 9th, 2010
Baselstrasse 101, CH-4125
Riehen, Basel, Belgium
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