Archaism is thus the common thread in the works in this exhibition, presented initially at the Doge’s Palace in Venice in 2015, before going on to the Musée d'Orsay in 2016. Henri Rousseau’s masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie (from The Snake Charmer to The Wedding Party) are on display alongside paintings on loan from the most prestigious international institutions. Works by Seurat, Delaunay, Kandinsky and Picasso as well as other lesser-known artists, evoke the wealth of interconnections woven around the Douanier Rousseau, the catalyst who stimulated an original way of exploring modernity.
General CuratorsGuy Cogeval, director of the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie
Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia