Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau: Paint + Process

A Menil Symposium

Saturday, October 2, 2010, 2-6.30 p.m. Jones Auditorium, University of St. Thomas

“But what, ah! What is Henri Rousseau?” - Elisabeth Luther Cary, 1931

Over the years many have attempted to answer the question posed by Elisabeth Luther Cary, “What is Henri Rousseau?” Some have called the artist a grandfather of Surrealism, others a precursor of Cubism, while still others have positioned him as the leader of a school of “modern primitives.” But while the question has vexed generations of art lovers, the most apparent answer has hardly been considered: Henri Rousseau was a painter, a maker of pictorial compositions whose aesthetic objectives have never been well understood. Fittingly, in the centennial year of the artist’s death, Henri Rousseau: Paint + Process probes Rousseau’s pictures to challenge decades of received wisdom about the artist and begin to understand how he created his captivating body of work (read more @ menil.org)

Bonne fête (Happy Birthday), 1892