Henri Julien Felix Rousseau (May 21, 1844 - September 2, 1910) was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive or Primitive manner. He is also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer) after his place of employment. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality.

He was born in Laval in the Loire Valley into the family of a plumber. He attended Laval High School as a day student and then as a boarder, after his father became a debtor and his parents had to leave the town upon the seizure of their house. He was mediocre in some subjects at the high school but won prizes for drawing and music. He worked for a lawyer and studied law, but "attempted a small perjury and sought refuge in the army," serving for four years, starting in 1863.


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Ivry Quay - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
Ivry Quay
La Fabrique de chaises - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
La Fabrique de chaises
Un chevalier arabe - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
Un chevalier arabe
The Tiger Hunt - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
The Tiger Hunt
Le centenaire de l'indépendance - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
Le centenaire de l'indépendance
View of Malakoff - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
View of Malakoff
The Pink Candle - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
The Pink Candle
The Little Cavalier Don Juan - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
The Little Cavalier Don Juan
A Corner Of The Plateau Of Bellevue - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
A Corner Of The Plateau Of Bellevue
The Painter and His Wife - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
The Painter and His Wife
Liberty Inviting Artists To Take Part In The 22nd Exhibition... - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
Liberty Inviting Artists To Take Part In The 22nd Exhibition...
Bouquet Of Flowers - Henri Julien  Rousseau - www.henrirousseau.org
Bouquet Of Flowers

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