VR short film by Les Films du Tambour de Soie

Client: Les Films Du Tambour De Soie
Sector: Art documentary makers
Content Used: Works by Henri Rousseau
First shown: 2019


Bridgeman Images Paris has supplied images to Les Films Du Tambour De Soie, a production company that specialised in fine art documentaries, for the creation of a short film Les Rêves du Douanier Rousseau (The Dreams of Henri Rousseau). The film is part of a series of virtual reality short films created for Arte Trips, which take an artwork or an artist and creates an immersive experience centred around the subject.


Poster for the short film Les Rêves du Douanier Rousseau, produced by Les Films Du
Tambour De Soie,  including Bridgeman images logo (bottom right)


Bridgeman Images supplied all the Henri Rousseau pictures that were used in this beautiful short film, which feature the jungle landscapes that dominated Rousseau's imagination and work. We were thrilled to be credited so prominently, both on the website and the poster (see above).


A selection of Henri Rousseau images licensed for use in the documentary.
From top left clockwise: The Dream (Le Douanier), 1910 (oil on canvas) / Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Tropical Forest with Monkeys, 1910 (oil on canvas) / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA;  Jaguar Attacking a Horse, 1910 (oil on canvas) / Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia; The Snake Charmer, 1907 (La Charmeuse de serpents) (oil on canvas), Rousseau, / Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France; Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest, 1905 (oil on canvas) / The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Man Attacked by a Jaguar, 1910 (oil on canvas) / Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland​; The Merry Jesters, 1906 (oil on canvas) / Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA, 1950. Henri J.F. Rousseau (1844-1910)  


The short film is described on the Arte Trips website as follows:

"Late afternoon in the greenhouse of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. A curious visitor stays behind after the gardens close. But the place is haunted by the ghost of Henri Rousseau and the spectator tumbles suddenly into a dream peopled by the characters, animals and plants imagined by Henri Rousseau.

Rousseau thrilled the art world with his naive and almost psychedelic visions of exotic jungles. The artist, who never left Paris, drew his inspiration from the city’s botanical gardens. Experience a magical night in a tropical greenhouse brought to life by the painter’s visions. Once the last visitors have left, the greenhouse reveals its secrets with the gradual emergence of a dream-like world of fantastic plants and imaginary animals."


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Watch Les Rêves du Douanier Rousseau

See all of Henri Rousseau's work available from the archive.


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