Rousseau and the Flymonkey
While in Venice, Christine and I stumbled upon a great exhibit of the often misunderstood 19th century painter Henri Rousseau. In elementary school, his exotic depictions of nature fascinated me. In high school, I placed my mascot/avatar of the Flymonkey into a Rousseau-inspired oil pastel jungle.
While some critics argued Rousseau’s work to be child-like, his transportive ability to bring viewers into far-off, surreal lands captured the imagination of his contemporaries and future generations.
Seeing his work at the Doge’s Palace Museum released a fantastic nostalgia and reminder to see the world simply and with wonder.