Henri Rousseau

Rousseau in 1907;<br />photo by [[Dornac]] Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (; May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), a humorous description of his occupation as a toll and tax collector. He started painting seriously in his early forties; by age 49, he retired from his job to work on his art full-time.

Ridiculed during his lifetime by critics, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. Rousseau's work exerted an extensive influence on several generations of avant-garde artists. Provided by Wikipedia
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by: Rousseau, Henri, 1844-1910.
Published: 1961
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