This is the French edition of the catalogue relating about the exhibition
Henri Rousseau Jungles in paris.
Despite the legend nourished by Apollinaire and the artist himself, Rousseau's famous great jungles were all composed in Paris. They were inspired by the exotic scenes the capital had to offer in the late nineteenth century. However, one critic wrote, "He does not paint the virgin forest of a botanical or zoological garden, but the virgin forest with all its terrors and beauties that we dreamed of as children [...]. It is the virgin forest as a fantastic adventure." As the quintessence of his creative imagination, Rousseau's jungles are at the heart of the exhibition.
A total of 50 major paintings from prestigious public and private collections in Europe, America, Japan and Russia are presented in a chronological hanging interrupted by two documentary sections which introduce a mass of new material; the first focuses on Le Douanier Rousseau and Paris in his time, the second on his sources of inspiration.