Éclaireurs attaqués par un tigre (1904)

Rousseau, Henri (1844-1910)

Éclaireurs attaqués par un tigre (Scouts Attacked by a Tiger)
Oil on canvas, 121.6 x 161.9 cm
Barnes FoundationPhiladelphia

Self-taught artist Henri Rousseau created his enormous jungle scenes by studying the plants and taxidermy animals in Paris‘s natural history museums. Painted at the height of the colonial period, such works were popular with Parisian audiences for their theatrical presentation of France‘s faraway territories as exotic and violent. (BF)