I just love the paintings of Henri Rousseau. It’s not something that I can quantify in any way. It’s not just the harmony of color and form or the subject matter or even the way it is painted. There’s just such a great sense of rightness in the work, a great sense that this is the artists’s reality. It just reaches out and allows you to step easily into it while still maintaining a feeling of depth and emotion, a quality that many artists seek but few find.
I was surprised when I came across a video that animated some of Rousseau’s better known pieces. Actually I was a little skeptical of the the whole thing. But I watched it and found it very captivating in the way it is put together. Soothing, actually, is a better word for it.
I don’t know if Rousseau would approve but it seems to be done with a great deal of affection for the work and maintains that sense of naivete, mystery and whimsy that runs through so much of Rousseau’s work. Take a look for yourself.