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La guerre (War)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

La guerre (War)

Artist: Henri Rousseau (French, 1844 - 1910)
Date: 1895
Medium: Pen lithograph on orange paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 1/4 × 16 3/8 in. (26 × 41.6 cm.)
Image: 8 11/16 × 12 7/8 in. (22.1 × 32.7 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Melva Bucksbaum Fund for Print Acquisitions, 2000.3
Accession number: 2000.3
Classification: print
Copyright:Public Domain
Label TextLa Guerre (War) depicts a young female personification of war who sits sidesaddle on a dark horse galloping over corpses on a battlefield. War holds a sword and a smoking torch. She is grinning, nearly demented in an ecstacy of destruction and death. Crows feast on the dead. The bright orange paper heightens the surreal effetcs, as if illuminated by the glare of bomb blasts or fire. Rousseau began painting in a naive or primitive style around 1885. Best known for his jungle pictures, he had a rich repertoire of subjects: exotic landscapes, still life, genre, portraits, and historical scenes. Source: News November December 2000.
Published ReferencesL'YMAGIER, January 1895, ill.

HENRI ROUSSEAU, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1984, exh. cat. no.10
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