Henri Emilien Rousseau (French, 1875-1933) Moroccan horsemen
Lot 31*
Henri Emilien Rousseau
(French, 1875-1933)
Moroccan horsemen
US$ 200,000 - 300,000
AED 930,000 - 1,400,000

Lot Details
Henri Emilien Rousseau (French, 1875-1933)
Moroccan horsemen
signed and dated 'Henri Rousseau 26' (lower right)
oil on canvas
60 x 81cm (23 5/8 x 31 7/8in).

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  • PROVENANCE:
    A private collection

    Henri Rousseau was destined to be an Orientalist painter. He was born in Cairo to a father who was a member of the Ottoman public works administration and split his time between North Africa and France. His father's job afforded Rousseau the opportunity to move to Paris, studying at the Ècole des Beaux-Arts and training under the great painter Jean Léon Gérôme, gaining notoriety as a French Orientalist painter. However, Rousseau's ties to the Orient were particularly strong and he repeatedly visited North Africa between 1920 and 1932. It was during this time that Rousseau broke with the academic teachings of his professor and replaced the straight lines and realist details with energized brushstrokes, much like the Impressionists.

    Rousseau's familiarity with the subjects he painted added an extra dimension of truth to his paintings. The details rendered in his works were made possible by direct observation, setting him apart from some of his more fanciful peers. Rousseau also made friends with Caïds in order to explore various regions that were otherwise off limits to outside visitors. The present lot was most likely painted in situ where Rousseau was able to immerse himself into the village scene. Like many of his paintings, the villagers are depicted as noble and strong, set against the indigenous landscape of the region – romantic yet truthful.
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