The masterpieces of Henri Rousseau in a unique exhibition held in the Doge’s Palace of Venice until July 5th 2015.
From March 6th 2015 Venice
enriches its cultural activities with the special exhibition Henri Rousseau – Archaic candour
held in the fascinating Doge’s Apartments
of the Doge’s Palace
. The exhibition boasts the special collaboration of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the patronage of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici di Venezia e Laguna.
it is an extraordinary event that give the chance to admire some of the most famous works of the French painter through eight thematic sections. Hard to classify, Rousseu
is certainly a central figure in the figurative art between the end of the 19th century
and the revolutionary period of the avant-garde movements, famous for his dreamlike atmospheres, his forests and enchanted landscapes.
boasts masterpieces like the famous “Self-portrait
” (1889-90) that the artist considered the first “portrait-landscape” in the history of art, “The poultry yard
” (1896-98), bought by Kandinsky and showed in the first Blaue Reiter exhibition in Munich, “War or the ride of discord
” (1894), painted by Rousseau with that innocent eye that Ardengo Soffici, a great adimirer, defined as childlike innocence. That “archaic candour” also emerges in the paintings dedicated to wild nature and in his famous jungle scenes, of which six works are on display.
The exhibition Henri Rousseau – Archaic candour
doesn’t mean to be another celebration of the French painter’s naïveté
but rather the presentation of a long series of studies started more than three years ago. The project has given Rousseau’s work the right critical and historical light: the artist was a kind of referee for some of the greatest artists of the historical avant-garde movements, for intellectuals like Apollinaire
, for great collectors like Wilhelm Uhde
and Paul Guillaume
, and for many painters who preceded and and went beyond the Cubism and Futurism experiences, from Cézanne
, from Redon
, from Morandi
, from Frida Kahlo
to Diego Rivera
and not to mention Kandinskij
. All of these artists will be present in the show with works that establish a coherent dialogue with those painted by Le Douanier
in his short but intense creative period from 1884 to 1910.
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (from Sunday to Thursday)
From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (from Friday to Saturday)
Full price € 13,00