May 21 Birthday: Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau, artist
May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Amanda Hall (Eerdman’s, 2012)

Rousseau, a self-taught artist, began painting at forty years of age. The critics were brutal. But he painted on and on and on. When he was sixty-one years old, his talent was recognized. Now, we all marvel at the jungles and animals and distant worlds he painted.

HenriRousseau.org offers 154 images of Rousseau’s work.