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Henri Rousseau

 (1844 - 1910)
Henri Julien Felix (Le Douanier) Rousseau was active/lived in France.  Henri Rousseau is known for primitive painting, exotic junglescapes.

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Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist* painter in the Naive* or Primitive manner.  He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), a humorous description of his occupation as a tax collector. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality.

Henri Rousseau was born in Laval, Mayenne in the Loire Valley into the family of a tinsmith. He attended Laval High School as a day student and then as a boarder, after his father became a debtor and his parents had to leave the town upon the seizure of their house.  He was mediocre in some subjects at the high school but won prizes for drawing and music. He worked for a lawyer and studied   ...  Displaying 750 of 8266 characters.

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