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La Guerre, 1894
Pen lithograph on orange paper
214 x 323 mm.; 8 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
Vallier No. 21
Daniel Catton Rich, Henri Rousseau, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, 1942, reproduced on page 25.
G. Bazin, La Guerre du Douanier Rousseau, Bulletin des Musées de France, XI année, No. 2, April, 1946, pp. 8-9.
Charles Perussaux, Commandée par Rémy de Gourmont, l’uique lithographie du Douanier Rousseau, Les Lettres Françaises, August 30, 1956, reproduced.
Jean Bouret, Henri Rousseau, Neuchâtel, 1961, page 19.
M-T Lemoyne de Forges, Une Source du Douanier Rousseau, Art de France IV, Paris, 1964, pp. 360-361.
Le Douanier Rousseau, Museum of Modern Art, New York, February – June, 1985, No. 10 and reproduced in color in the catalogue.
Le Douanier Rousseau, Galeries Nationales du Grad Palais, September 1984 – January, 1985, Paris, No. 10 and reproduced in color on page 131 of the catalogue.
This now rare lithograph was published in 1894-1895 review called L’Ymagier, directed by Rémy de Gourmont and Alfred Jarry.
A unique graphic work of Rousseau, this print is a rather simplified version of a painting, La Guerre that was No. 9 in the 1984 Paris and 1985 New York (Museum of Modern Art) Rousseau exhibitions. The painting, belonging to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, generally hangs in the Jeu de Paume (RF 1946-1). In the lithograph, as indicated by Charles Perussaux in “Les Lettres Françaises” of August 30, 1956, the sky is considerably vaster than in the painting. On the other hand, the trees in the lithograph are much less important and far less decorative than in the painting. In the lithograph, the figures, in what seems to be a last