The portrait, Enfant de Fleur / Flower Child, is an authentic, unretouched painting, signed by Henri Rousseau. Like many of Rousseau’s works, the original owner did not at first place a proper value on the portrait. The portrait had been put in a smaller frame. The portrait is about 17″ wide (43.2 cm.) and 20″ (50.8 cm.) tall. A small amount of the gouache paint and part of Rousseau’s signature has been worn. His signature is more visible on the original painting. The present owner has carefully preserved the painting and left it in its original condition. The unretouched condition of the portrait is further proof that the last paint brush to touch this painting was in the hand of Henri Rousseau, and it also adds more proof of its authenticity.

Flower Child / Enfant de Fleur}|authentic unretouched portrait signed by Henri Rousseau (private collection, USA)

Flower Child / Enfant de Fleur}|authentic unretouched portrait signed by Henri Rousseau (private collection, USA)

Flower Child /Enfant de Fleur is quite possibly a portrait of his grand-daughter, Jeanne Bernard Rousseau, whom he loved very much. Flower Child / Enfant de Fleur has been in a private collection for many years and has never before been seen by the public. Please click on the following link to see pictures of his granddaughter.
Henri Rousseau’s granddaughter (?) Jeanne Bernard-Rousseau

I only know of four child portraits in the world which are painted by Henri Rousseau: “Child with Doll”, “Flower Child/Enfant deFleur”, “Child with Puppet” and “Boy on the Rocks”.  Henri Rousseau’s Child Portraits Compared: GO  TO  CHILD  PORTRAITS

Gouache on Paper
This Rousseau portrait, Flower Child / Enfant de Fleur, is gouache (or chalk) on paper. Henri Rousseau also used chalk when he painted “The Painter and His Wife”, “Child with Doll”, and “Paysage avec Chateau.”

Signed by Henri Rousseau
The portrait, Enfant de Fleur / Flower Child, is signed by Henri Rousseau on the bottom right of the portrait. His signature can be seen more clearly on the painting than on this uploaded image of a photograph.

Enfant de Fleur/Flower Child: Child Portraits Compared: GO TO CHILD PORTRAITS
Enfant de Fleur: Is Flower Child his granddaughter ? GO TO GRANDDAUGHTER
Enfant de Fleur/Flower Child: Fine Art Investment Opportunity GO TO OPPORTUNITY

1. The Story of a Man determined to be one of the Greatest Painters in France GO TO PART 1
2. Born in FRANCE|Kings & Castles|Revolution|Napoleon|Victor Hugo GO TO PART 2
3. Henri Rousseau | His Family and Childhood GO TO PART 3
4. Henri Rousseau | SOLDIER BOY GO TO PART 4
6: Henri Rousseau | Sunday Painter | Love and Life in Paris GO TO PART 6
7. Henri Rousseau | Six Children Died / Only Julia Lived Past Age 18. GO TO PART 7
8. Henri Rousseau | Paris Customs Office (The Douanier) | Painting on the Job GO TO PART 8
9. Henri Rousseau | 1884 – not good enough | The French Art Salons GO TO PART 9
10. Henri Rousseau | 1885 Debut | 1886 A Carnival Evening GO TO CHAPTER 10
11. Henri Rousseau | Adieu, Mon Cher Amour. GO TO PART 11
12. Henri Rousseau | 1889 World’s Fair GO TO PART 12
13. Henri Rousseau | 1891 | Surprised!  GO TO PART 13
14. Henri Rousseau | Looking for Love in Paris | 1893 | Moving to Montparnasse GO TO PART 14
15. Henri Rousseau | full-time painter | “War” in 1894 | Julia: “Au revoir, papa” GO TO PART 15
16. Henri Rousseau | Ambroise Vollard – the art dealer GO TO PART 16
17. Henri Rousseau | Alfred Jarry | More on “War”| Paul Gauguin GO to PART 17
18. Henri Rousseau | 1895 Paintings |short Autobiography GO TO PART 18

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