Thursday, December 31, 2009

Henri Rousseau

Tiger in a Tropical Storm. Surprised!

This is one of my favourite works of Rousseau. He achieves a good balance between warm and cool colours, and the energy of the storm is wonderfully expressed. The variety of green shades look vibrant but natural (in this reproduction at least). As in Eastern painting, this work has a near total absence of shading and atmospheric perspective (desaturation of colours with distance), techniques used to create the illusion of three dimensions. The result is a unified flat design, almost like a textile, in which colour and line are celebrated.

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