Influences: Henri Rousseau

The works of Henri Rousseau

“…by re-introducing the values of the imaginary into the art of his period, he went beyond one of the needs of his time – and ours.”


A prototype for the Remodernist artist. Rousseau cultivated his own idiosyncratic vision into playful and profound statements on reality.

Michele and I were extremely fortunate to see a Rousseau retrospective in Washington DC. We could get right up close to all the works, see the little details and flaws (you can always tell a painter in a museum. They are the ones looking at the paintings from 3 inches away). The paintings were so simple yet powerful.