Henri Rousseau (1844 –1910): A Carnival Evening, 1886, oil

Henri Rousseau (1844 –1910): A Carnival Evening, 1886, oil

1/17/2021, 3:20:24 PM
Henri Rousseau (1844 –1910): A Carnival Evening, 1886, oil on canvas, 117,3 × 89,5 cm, Philadelphia Museum of Art Rousseau's 'Carnival Evening' shows a lone couple, dressed in carnival costumes, the man looking almost like a clown; the woman in a dress with a cone shaped hat. They stand in front of barren trees. An air of mystery pervades this wintry forest landscape. The figures' faces are difficult to make out completely, however they seem quiet and sad, unlike the joy one would expect to feel if having just been at a carnival. The sky is a dark indigo colour with a bright moon and gray clouds at the bottom. Isolated and vulnerable in their fantasy clothing, the figures seem to shine from within rather than from the light of the moon, which has strangely left the forest in darkness. An unexplained face leers out from the empty hut beside the figures. The dwindling light of dusk that filters down through the trees and the crisp winter chill, vividly evoked, both carry a hint of menace.

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