Henri Rousseau, 1901 - Unpleasant Surprise (Bad surprise) - fine art print

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Original information about the work of art by Barnes Foundation website (© - by Barnes Foundation - Barnes Foundation)

Self-taught painter Henri Rousseau returned frequently to the theme of conflict in the natural world. His large-scale 'jungle paintings' are rife with violent struggles between wild animals—lions, tigers, horses—set in plush, exotic landscapes. Here, a hunter rescues a nude bather from a sharp-clawed bear that seems to emerge from the rocks below. The curvy figure stands in a gesture of calm surrender, revealing dirty palms, while the man fires his gun at the beast. Rousseau's painting reads at first like a classic 'damsel in distress' scene in the vein of Ingres's Roger Freeing Angelica. And yet the closer one looks, the stranger the picture becomes, and the harder the narrative is to decipher. Why does the woman not seem particularly frightened? Why is the hunter rendered on such a small scale? Perhaps Rousseau intended this as a fantasy of primordial innocence in conflict with modern technology.

The artwork named Unpleasant Surprise (Bad surprise) was painted by Henri Rousseau. The artpiece measures the size: Overall: 76 5/8 x 51 1/8 in (194,6 x 129,9 cm) and was painted with the techinque oil on canvas. This artwork is included in the Barnes Foundation's collection - the museum home to one of the world's greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modernist paintings. With courtesy of: Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation, Merion and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (licensed - public domain).Creditline of the artwork: . Furthermore, alignment is in portrait format and has a side ratio of 2 : 3, which implies that the length is 33% shorter than the width. Henri Rousseau was a male painter from France, whose art style was mainly Naive Art Primitivism. The European painter was born in 1844 in Laval, Pays de la Loire, France and died at the age of 66 in the year 1910 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France.

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Structured artist information

Name of the artist: Henri Rousseau
Other artist names: h. rousseau, Rousseau Henri-Julien-Félix, Rousseau, Douanier Rousseau, רוסו אנרי, Customs Officer, Douanier Rousseau, Henri Rousseau, Rousseau Le Douanier, Le Douanier, Rousseau Henri, Rousseau Henry Julien Felix, Rousseau Douanier, rousseau h., Rousseau Henri Julien Felix, Douanier, Rousseau Henri Julien, Henri Julien Félix Rousseau
Gender: male
Artist nationality: French
Jobs of the artist: painter
Country of the artist: France
Classification: modern artist
Styles of the artist: Naive Art Primitivism
Age at death: 66 years
Born: 1844
Birthplace: Laval, Pays de la Loire, France
Year of death: 1910
Town of death: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Details on the artpiece

Piece of art title: "Unpleasant Surprise (Bad surprise)"
Categorization: painting
Art classification: modern art
Century: 20th century
Created in the year: 1901
Age of artwork: more than 110 years old
Painted on: oil on canvas
Original size: Overall: 76 5/8 x 51 1/8 in (194,6 x 129,9 cm)
Exhibited in: Barnes Foundation
Museum location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Museum website: Barnes Foundation
License type: public domain
Courtesy of: Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation, Merion and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About the article

Article classification: art reproduction
Reproduction method: digital reproduction
Production process: digital printing
Provenance: Germany
Stock type: on demand
Product use: wall décor, wall gallery
Orientation: portrait format
Image aspect ratio: length : width - 2 : 3
Interpretation: the length is 33% shorter than the width
Product material variants: metal print (aluminium dibond), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), canvas print, poster print (canvas paper)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) variants: 20x30cm - 8x12", 40x60cm - 16x24", 60x90cm - 24x35", 80x120cm - 31x47", 100x150cm - 39x59"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) variants: 20x30cm - 8x12", 40x60cm - 16x24", 60x90cm - 24x35", 80x120cm - 31x47", 100x150cm - 39x59"
Poster print (canvas paper): 40x60cm - 16x24", 60x90cm - 24x35", 80x120cm - 31x47"
Aluminium print sizes: 20x30cm - 8x12", 40x60cm - 16x24", 60x90cm - 24x35", 80x120cm - 31x47"
Picture frame: not available

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