OIL PAINTING: Muse Inspiring the Poet , 1909
During Rousseauss life, critics showed little interest for his art, except to be negative. Certain writers, such as Alfred Jarry and Guillaume Apollinaire, were the first to admire him. In the words of Apollinaire in April 1911: Few artists
have been as broadly mocked during their life as Le Douanier and few men have faced mockery and rudeness with more calm. This courteous old man wanted to see, even in the mockery of the most malicious, an interest directed towards his work ... Le Douanier knew his strength ... He took
his paintings to the ultimate, a very rare thing today. There are no mannerisms, process or system in his paintings. And that is where variety arises in his art.