Rousseau’s “A Lion Devouring an Antelope,” from the “Jungles” series. These paintings depict animal scenes in tropical greenery, while Rousseau never left Paris
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French take 'Sunday painter' Rousseau into their heartsHe was once regarded as a bit of a joke – a self-taught "Sunday painter" who couldn't do hands, who other artists mocked for his amateurish technique.A In spite of a sharp dip in tourist numbers in the French capital, an exhibition of Rousseau's greatest work has become one of the biggest hits of the decade at the Musee d'Orsay.Rousseau never let reality get in the way of a good picture.Curator Beatrice Avanzi said that did not stop him being a big influence on naive painters and the surrealists, as well as loved by Paul Gauguin, Robert Delaunay, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.
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