1939 Photogravure Henri Rousseau Douanier Artillerymen Post-Impressionism XAM1


This is an original 1939 black and white photogravure of "Artillerymen" by Henri Rousseau, also known as Le Douanier.

Henri Rousseau (21 May 1844 - 2 September 1910) was a French Post-Impressionist working in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as "Le Douanier" (the customs officer), a humorous and satiric reference to his occupation as a toll collector.


This 72+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 9.25 x 7.5 inches; 23 x 19 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Rousseau, Henri. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (1844-1910) was a native of Laval, Mayenne in the Loire Valley of France. He was most recognized as a Post Impressionist and primitive painter. The majority of Rousseau's art centered on jungle scenes, though interestingly, Rousseau had never seen a jungle; in fact, he had never left France. He is said to have been inspired by the botanical gardens of Paris, wildlife taxidermy, and illustrated books. Rousseau claimed to be self taught, though he admittedly received guidance from Academic artists Félix Auguste-Clément and Jean-Léon Gérome.

Keywords specific to this image: Art, Naive, Primitive, France, Surrealism, PIcasso, Becmann, Salon des Independants

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