Horse Attacked by a Jaguar
Henri Rousseau
Horse Attacked by a Jaguar

Gallery P
French, English, Dutch and American Paintings

An arresting display of Henri Rousseau's paintings were also in Gallery P, due largely to the generosity of Rousseau's friend and fellow artist, Max Weber. Weber, who had experimented extensively with cubism before the Armory Show, was offended by the two-painting policy that seemed the standard for so many American artists. Weber did not want to show less than six paintings, although some claimed he wanted a whole room to himself. He withdrew his selected works from the exhibition but still lent six oils and one drawing by Rousseau. Among Rousseau's paintings at the show were The Centenary and Horse Attacked by a Jaguar (above), two works that were admired for their directness, immediacy, and lack of traditional perspective. Rousseau, often called Le Douanier because he formerly worked as a customs official, was a self-taught artist (Brown, Story 148).

Pre-Impressionist French painters were minimally represented in Gallery P; their inclusion largely depended on what the organizers could gather, since they were not a focus of the show. Two paintings by Honore Daumier, one by Eugene Delacroix, and one by Courbet could be seen in Gallery P. Ingres' two drawings, his only work at the exhibition, were shown in Gallery J with a smattering of French paintings, watercolors and drawings. Goya was the earliest artist represented at the Armory Show, with one miniature in Gallery P.


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