• Henri Rousseau in Venice

    by  • April 15, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Venice

    Reviving the Work of Rousseau in La Serenissima.

    If you happen to be short breaking in the stunning Italian city of Venice over the coming weeks and months and you fancy a change of scene from soaking up the canals and bridges, beautiful architecture and charismatic lagoon islands, why not wile away an hour or two at the Ducal apartments of the Doges’ Palace with its current exhibition devoted to Henri Rousseau, a post-Impressionist French painter, and a key figure at the forefront of the avant-garde movement.

    Entitled ‘Henri Rousseau. Archaic Candour’, this extraordinary event, the first of its kind in Italy, brings together over 100 works of art from a wide number of international art institutions including the Musées d’Orsay and d’Orangerie in Paris. Around 40 of these works are by Rousseau himself, with a further 60 works displayed alongside for comparative purposes, the aim of which being to shed light on Rousseau’s work as a key point of reference not only to the great painters of the avant-garde movement, but also in the development of artistic genres such as Cubism and Futurism. To this end, the exhibition displays works by a wealth of great names including Redon, Seurat, Gauguin, Cézanne, Klee, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Kandinsky and Picasso. There will also be a number of Old Masters represented, Goya amongst them, giving weight to the argument that Rousseau’s work marked the watershed spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    And amongst the works by Rousseau himself, you’ll find many of his most renowned masterpieces on display including Myself: Portrait-Landscape (1889-90), considered by Rousseau as the first ‘landscape portrait’ in the history of art, and The Poultry Yard (1896-98), bought by Kandinsky and put on display in Munich’s first ever Blaue Reiter exhibition. You’ll also find a selection of bucolic rustic and urban landscapes, nature and jungle scenes including Snake Charmer (1907) and Horse attacked by a Jaguar (1910), still lives and male and female portraits as created by Rousseau himself.

    Running until July 5th, the exhibition takes place at the Palazzo Ducale and is open from 9am until 7pm daily (until 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays).Entrance costs 13€ (11€ concessions).


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.