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Alexandrine

It has unjustifiably been thougt that Alexandrine was inspired by Henri Rousseau. At the beginning of her career, however, she had not even heard of him and drew her inspiration from her own experience. In a sense her pictures are more real than the Douanier’s, who never saw a jungle. The past and present are intermingled in her works, in which gorgeous blue-green nuances create an effect of melancholy. Her themes are for the most part her youth in Indonesia, the landscapes of southern France and Paris.
from: Bihalji-Merin, Oto; World Encyclopedia of Naive Art, Belgrade 1984, pp. 93-94.