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 Henri Julien Felix (Le Douanier) Rousseau  (1844 - 1910)

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Lived/Active: France      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 (showing 500 of 8278 characters).

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