With Rousseau, reality is not portrayed, it is rather a dream. The individual elements of his pictures are idealized and yet simplified. They appear unconnected and surprisingly side by side. The background is just as sharp and clearly drawn as the foreground. The figures appear from the front or in strict profile. Rousseau loved clear contours, hard contrasts without transitions.
Henri Rousseau, Foret vierge au soleil couchant, 1910
Kunstmuseum Basel, online collection http://sammlungonline.kunstmuseumbasel.ch/eMuseumPlus 04.09.2019