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
1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur
From the 22nd of March to the 17th of July 2016
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Thursdays till 9:45 p.m.
Closed Mondays and 1 May