Exchange Loan: Henri RousseauJanuary 1, 2005-February 21, 2005
Location: Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art
Artist: Henri Rousseau
Curator: Stephanie Rachum
Media: Oil on canvas
Portrait of Mr. X (Pierre Loti), 1905-6, is a magically intense image by the most celebrated French naive painter, Henri Rousseau. This work pays homage to Pierre Loti, an authority on the French colonies who wrote travel books and popularized the myth of the exotic. The painting is part of an exchange project with the Kunsthaus Museum, Zurich.