Henri Rousseau: The Equatorial Jungle

The Equatorial Jungle: Henri Rousseau

The Equatorial Jungle is a 1909 painting by French Post Impressionist artist Henri Rousseau.

The Equatorial Jungle Analysis

French painter Henri Rousseau painted The Equatorial Jungle in 1909, depicting a faraway jungle scene in the primitive style he is so famous for. Rousseau took to art at a late stage of his life and indeed his work was derided by others as ‘naive’.

Certainly here, Rousseau simplifies shapes and forms and – apart from the exotic pink flowers – restricts his colors to dark greens and browns.

Instead of the convention of a human figure looking out at the viewer, we have an odd-looking bird and monkey looking out toward us. The restricted colors relate to the dense vegetation of this environment, as well as its heat.

Rousseau was not a classically trained painter, nor had he ever traveled to the ‘primitive’ or ‘exotic’ destinations which he painted.

Henri Rousseau’s The Equatorial Jungle is in the National Gallery in Washington DC in the United States of America.

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