Artist of the Day- Henri Rousseau (click on the image to see more)

A Post Impressionist painter, Rousseau was self taught. He wasn’t really recognized till after his death but did show occasionally with other artists of the time. He was known as the Douanier, for his job as a toll collector. He was a ‘naïve’ painter of the jungle…though he’d never seen one.

I grew up with this painting when I visited a childhood friend. I hung on her bedroom wall...I would stare at it and wonder...