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Staff Picks: Searching for Utopia

Oil on canvas, 6' 8 1/2" x 9' 9 1/2" (204.5 x 298.5 cm). Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller

Henri Rousseau. The Dream. 1910

Oil on canvas, 6' 8 1/2" x 9' 9 1/2" (204.5 x 298.5 cm). Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller

Rousseau, a dreamer and self-taught artist who created fantastical jungle scenes without ever leaving Paris, once said, “Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see. Just imagine, when I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself ‘Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!’”
–Heidi Hirschl Orley, Curatorial Expansion Project Manager

Oil on canvas, 6' 8 1/2" x 9' 9 1/2" (204.5 x 298.5 cm). Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller
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