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Rousseau (Basic Art) Paperback – March 15, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Taschen Basic Art
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (March 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822813648
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822813645
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on October 28, 2010
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Henri Rousseau astonishes! I've seen it in the eyes of other museum-goers. In New York, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, in every gallery where one of Rousseau' painting is hung, people will stop and gasp. These days, having been 'astonished' by 100 years of expressionism, surrealism, and abstraction, they will instinctively gasp with appreciation. In the 1880s and 1890s, when Impressionism was still regarded as wild and woolly, the exhibition-goers of Paris gasped with contempt and ridicule. The 'public' had a harder time accepting Rousseau than any other painter of the era except, perhaps, Vincent van Gogh. Wouldn't it be 'comforting' to be sure that we today are just as blind? that we are failing to recognize the geniuses amongst us? I'd be happy to be regarded as a hide-bound philistine by my great-grandchildren if I could bequeath them a great under-appreciated painter like Rousseau instead of an ecological catastrophe!

As with all Taschen art publications, this book is beautifully printed on durable paper, with accurate colors and excellent resolution. It will have the strongest visual impact on people lucky enough to have seem some of Henri Rousseau's paintings 'live' in museums. Rousseau's most famous paintings are large; size is a component of their power, as is the tapestry texture of his paint application. But even if you've never had that opportunity, this book will reveal Rousseau's uniqueness to you. There's no mistaking a Rousseau painting for the work of anyone else, before or after him.

That's one of the big questions addressed in the text of his edition, by Cornelia Stabenow: Where does Rousseau fit? Post-impressionist? Anti-impressionist? Early modern? Proto-surrealist?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2008
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One of the greatest post impressionist artist. Some said he was part of the naïve movement but for me the "naive" Rousseau was the most "wise" man portraiting dreams. Paintings like "The dream" and "Sleeping Gypsy" deserve a winning award. This book is very hard to find. Finally I had to buy it from a third part because Amazon always had the tittle as not available. Get dizzy of pleasure by his perception and prepare not to get trapted inside HIS jungle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bobmomusic@hotmail.com on January 26, 2014
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Basically a good book and I like the size and shape of it, but I feel the illustrations should be of higher quality, a bit brighter
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. on January 10, 2014
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Wish the book had been a little bigger, Don't remember the size noted on the discription, probably my bad. Yes
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