Boy on the Rocks

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Henri Rousseau's Boy on the Rocks, painted 1895–7.

Boy On The Rocks (French: Garçon sur les rochers) is a painting by Henri Rousseau. It was created during 1895–7. The painting was purchased by art collector Chester Dale in 1927 and was subsequently bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1963.[1]

Rousseau's work has been described as having a "mysterious poetry" and a "dreamlike force".[2] According to Nicolas Pioch's comments on the painting:

Only a child can so bestride the world with such ease, and only a childlike artist with a simple, naïve vision can understand this elevation and make us see it as dauntingly true.

The painting was used on the cover of the May 19, 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.[3]


  1. ^ "Boy on the Rocks". National Gallery of Art. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ Nicolas Pioch (July 16, 2002). "Rousseau, Henri". WebMuseum. ibiblio. Retrieved May 25, 2007.
  3. ^ "Cover: Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 281 No. 19, May 19, 1999". Journal of the American Medical Association. May 19, 1999. Retrieved May 25, 2007.