A stunning presentation of the forefather of the French primitives, now in particular demand, includes fifty plates in full and faithful color, 182 black and whites, and a sympathetic introduction to this artless idealist and gentle anarchist whose fame was achieved posthumously. As Bouret points out, although the facts of Rousseau's life are known and established, the man himself escapes, leaving only the simplicity and wonder of a special creative vision on canvas. Rousseau, otherwise known as the Douanier from his occupation, male an ordinary marriage, fathered nine children, and only in later years withdraw from his ""petit "" to paint. From a first comment on his work, that he did not (as he did not) belong to this century, to another caustic criticism that he had ""ascended to the heights of childish daubs"", Rousseau found little recognition except for sponsorship during his lifetime.... There is a bibliography, lists of exhibitions, and catalogue of his works. A gift and collector's item for a very definite market.