BASEL.- One hundred years after the death of the
French artist Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), the Fondation Beyeler is devoting an
exhibition to this pioneer of modernism. Forty outstanding works provide a
concise overview of the development and diversity of his oeuvre. A customs
official, Rousseau had no formal art training and initially painted in his free
time. Many years passed before his art, non-academic and long
considered merely naive, found recognition in the Paris salons. In addition to
the legendary jungle pictures characteristic of his late work, Rousseau also
painted views of Paris and environs, as well as figures, portraits, allegories
and genre scenes. With Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh and Gauguin, Rousseau was one of
the artists whose visual inventions paved the way for incipient modernism.
On exhibition 7 February though 9 May, 2010.