Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a “Naive” Artist—Deciphering a Still Life

Henri Rousseau, The Pink Candle, 1908, oil on canvas, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

French artist Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) is often called a Naive painter, evident in The Pink Candle, which has a magical, almost surreal quality to it.  Are some of the objects difficult to decipher?

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