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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Artwork is what defines our life meaning and helps to appreciate the world. There have been various artists over the past years whose artworks have been recognized throughout generations. This article focuses on Henri Rousseau's artwork on the Portrait of the father of the artist.

Meaning of the art

Portrait of the Father of the artist was done in Naive art, or you may say it was created in primitivism style. Here, Henri, a French artist, captures his father's face as the great inspiration for his artwork. The background of the painting is a thick cloud, and his father's half image is in the middle of it and the blue sky above his head. It represents his father, who died and he recognizes him as a great image in his artwork. He completed painting this piece of art in 1905, although he kept brushing through it to maintain its original quality.

Size of the Painting

The original portrait size of the artist's father is 21.8 by 16cm with a maximum resolution of 388 by 512px, although the original file is 1,896 by 2560 pixels. The artwork was last edited on 10th November 2020 by an art fan.


Henri was a painter who did his art with feet and eyes closed. However, this is one of his works that demonstrated sincerity and directness to the naïve style. The original title of the art was portrait 'du pere del' artiste.' Its genre is Portrait and the medium used was o'leo SLA, a type of paint. Thought the painting, Henri Rousseau uses paint and brush. The art image is a clear indication that Henri did not undergo any art training and everything represents self-learning. It is based on a one-sided perspective and the use of bright colours. The piece of art is an example of a dream-like mood.

Location of the Art's Preservation

Henri's artwork was a great inspiration to many upcoming artists. Thus, this piece of art is currently preserved at the national museum of Buenos Aires, CABA in Argentina, for referrals.

Henri’s inspiration for this art and whom he inspired

Henri Rousseau's got his inspiration from low and high sources such as academic scriptures and his visits to Paris public zoo. He had a great interest in learning and did the painting on his own after retiring from the Paris customs organization. The artist, however, admired other artists' artworks, such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Jean-Leon Gerome, whose artworks. Other artists who Henri inspired are; Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky.