Musée d'Orsay: The Douanier Rousseau. Archaic Candour.

The Douanier Rousseau. Archaic Candour.

Henri RousseauThe Dream© 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence
An extremely unusual painter, Henri Rousseau is a unique figure in the history of European art. His work is, however, in keeping with his time, the dawn of the 20th century : the exhibition compares his painting with several of his sources of inspiration, which included both academic painting and new painting, and with the avant-garde artists who enthroned him as the father of modernity, The Douanier Rousseau. Archaic Candour is a critical investigation of his art based on a consideration of the notion of archaism.

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 Curators

Guy Cogeval, director of the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie
Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia


Beatrice Avanzi and Claire Bernardi, curators, Musée d'Orsay

16 September 2016 - 17 January 2017

Prague, Narodni Galerie

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