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.

5 Comments:

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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