Henri Rousseau was born in Laval in Mayenne, France on 21st May 1844. His father was a plumber. Henri went to high school in Laval. He was fabulous in art and music lessons. After he left school, Henri worked for a lawyer and then he joined the army, serving from 1863 to 1867. His Dad died in 1868 and Henri Rousseau moved to Paris to take care of his Mum.
He worked as a government official and then he became an import tax collector. Henri got married to Clemence Boitard and they had six children. Sadly, only one survived beyond childhood. Clemence died in 1888. Henri got married again to his second wife Josephine Noury, in 1898.
I think his paintings are all based in the jungle, they are colourful and I think he likes animals and nature.
I have done Surprised storm in the forest so far but will do more. I have used pastel pens.