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Henri Rousseau

French Artist

Died when: 66 years 104 days (795 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Henri Rousseau

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (French: [ɑ̃ʁi ʒyljɛ̃ feliks ʁuso]; 21 May 1844 – 2 September 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.

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