Henri Rousseau, Carnival Evening, 1885

Rousseau is best known for his Impressionistic paintings that are often rendered in what is called Primitive or Native style. Here Rousseau depicts two small unmoving figures in what appears to be carnival dress. The background is stark in comparison to their white garb – the black trees, trunks, and branches offer a deep contrast to the figures in the foreground. The sun appears to be lowering in the sky, offering a suspension in time between dusk and the dark chill of night.

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