A large exhibition of the French post-Impressionist, primitive painter Henri Rousseau (1844–1910), will travel to Prague from Paris early next month.
Widely considered one of the most important artists of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Rousseau’s work was ridiculed by critics during his lifetime, but would eventually be recognized as genius, having an extensive influence on several generations of modernist artists, including Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Cezanne, all of whom are included in the exhibit.
The selection from the Musée d’Orsay will be supplemented by works of Czech artists such as Otto Gutfreund, Jan Zrzavý, and Toyen, to demonstrate the painter’s impact on the Czech environment. Visitors will also get a glimpse of a potrait by Frida Kahlo and landscapes by Paul Signac and Georges Seurat.
Douanier Rousseau: Painter’s Paradise Lost opens September 15 at the National Gallery’s Kinský Palace and runs through January 15, 2017.