Sunday, February 05, 2006

Inspired by Rousseau

I’ve always liked this painting that my daughter Florence produced when she was studying Rousseau’s work at school a few years back.
I knew that Henri Rousseau was a ‘naive’ artist, however I hadn’t realised until I went to the exhibition yesterday, quite how bad his draughtsmanship could be. Nevertheless, what an inspiration – he didn’t become a full-time artist until he was in his forties, and despite the lack of drawing skills, he produced such delicious paintings. So there’s hope for us all.


Blogger cream said...

Great colours, Julie. But what's the pink thing in the background? An alien?

2/05/2006 7:06 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

If you look carefully at Rousseau's jungle paintings, there are some creatures that bear no relationship to zoological science as we know it, so I think that for this project, the children were encouraged to make up their own jungle creature.

2/05/2006 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doh! It's a Pinky-Kissey-Eyed-Yellow-Spot, Pkeys for short, innit!

2/05/2006 10:31 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Do you remember our bedrooms in HK? Your wonderful ambitious landscape you did for yours but unfortunately school holidays were not long enough to finish it.

2/06/2006 4:42 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

I love this. Kudos to your daughter. :-) And to you for having her.

2/07/2006 12:34 AM  

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