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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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Tropics by Henri Rousseau is one of the famous paintings done at the culmination of his life. This piece of art is a landscape painting and is dated 1910. The mural is an oil painting that was done on canvas. Henri’s mastery in art was impeccable; thus, it is followed by other renowned artists.

The oil painting did well on this piece of art as it outlined the scenes like the trees and the sky, which was the foreground and background, respectively. The techniques which he used entailed the full, even degree of chromatography, design lines and beautiful outlook.

The design dimensions are 129.5 by 162.5 cm. The warm green trees and grass capture the beautiful topography of the tropics; the orange fruits hanging on the trees have been denoted in the painting conspicuously by Rousseau. They illustrate the beauty created by the plants towards the environment. Additionally, the monkeys who have faces that resemble that of a human shows the character that humans, more often than not, require a getaway from the busy civilised world. The blue sky forms a theme to the painting indicating the warm and calm day in the forest.

This famous artist’s work is a giclee on canvas which is the combination of canvas and ink put together to produce fine art. This technique of painting brings out the aesthetics and detail. The paintings colour scheme generates a theme for the image. The delicate brushstrokes that he applied to the picture make the mural smoother; thus, when illuminated, it makes a room look sophisticated. The expertise the artist has is well applied to the blending of different colours that effortlessly combine, producing an appealing vicinity.

Henri Rousseau's skills enabled him to draw paintings that were on flat, broad surfaces that he visualized. This type of professionalism enabled him to create ambient images that demonstrated different events. His proficiency allowed him to bring out instances that aimed at explaining various challenges faced by humans.

The painter is well known for his expert work of arts such as the Fauves at the Salon d’Automne. The uniqueness he had when doing the landscape paintings made well-known artists appreciate his work in the art world. Even though he was less of an impressionist, his work was driven by his perception of things, thus the tropics by Henri Rousseau. The tactic of demonstrating these key events and using the human attributes in animals signifies his creativity in the artwork he did each day.