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7 March 2011

Fight cat amongst the Monstera plants



This photograph of Fight cat amongst the Monstera plants in our courtyard reminded me of the works of a French artist called Henri Rousseau.  It is interesting to read that whilst Rousseau is best known for his paintings depicting jungle scenes, "he never left France or saw a jungle".

"His best known paintings depict jungle scenes, even though he never left France or saw a jungle. Stories spread by admirers that his army service included the French expeditionary force to Mexico are unfounded. His inspiration came from illustrated books and the botanical gardens in Paris, as well as tableaux of taxidermied wild animals. He had also met soldiers, during his term of service, who had survived the French expedition to Mexico and listened to their stories of the subtropical country they had encountered. To the critic Arsène Alexandre, he described his frequent visits to the Jardin des Plantes: "When I go into the glass houses and I see the strange plants of exotic lands, it seems to me that I enter into a dream."

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