Tropical Landscape: American Indian Struggling with a Gorilla: Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau: Tropical Landscape: American Indian Struggling with a Gorilla

Tropical Landscape: American Indian Struggling with a Gorilla is a typical dreamlike landscape here painted in 1910 by Henri Rousseau. He depicts an American Indian struggling with a gorilla, dwarfed by the rich vegetation under a blood-red sun. Rousseau was known for painting subjects that he had not seen in real life – and in this case, had never seen an American Indian, a Gorilla, or a jungle.

Henri Rousseau: Tropical Landscape’s American Indian Struggling with a Gorilla is in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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