The Football Players

The Football Players

The Football Players, 1908, Henri Rousseau, Oil painting, 105 × 80cm, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), a great French painter, is also a French post-impressionist painter.

This picture gave us a strong sense of three-dimensional! The artist painted several ridiculous athletes as prisoners. Not only the proportion was imbalanced, but also the environment was mysterious: the players were running in the middle of  trees on both sides, the end was the the railing of the stadium. Obvious, this was not a real life, but an inexplicably unreal scene. Rousseau, a French self-taught painter, explored the double thoughts of childish and mysterious in this oil painting.

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