Vue du Parc Montsouris, Le Kiosque (c.1908-1910)

Rousseau, Henri (1844-1910)

Vue du Parc Montsouris, Le Kiosque (View of the Montsouris Park, The Kiosk)
Oil on canvas, 65.7 x 79.7 cm
Barnes FoundationPhiladelphia

Here we see a group of people strolling through the Parc Montsouris, one of four parks that opened in Paris during the 1870s, a period of urban renewal throughout the city. A popular location, the park included an artificial lake, which Rousseau has pictured here. The flatness of the scene makes it look as though the figures in the foreground are walking across a stage and the landscape is painted on a backdrop. Many artists in later generations admired this sense of spatial dislocation, often present in Rousseau‘s works. (BF)


Rousseau, Henri (1844-1910)
Étude pour Vue du Kiosque du Parc Montsouris
Pola Museum of ArtHakone



See also:

• Parc Montsouris (Paris)