A circa 1960's or early 1970's mixed media collage painting of a "Big Eyed" girl and her doll, painted in his usual whimsical fashion, by the French mid century impressionist artist ROGER ETIENNE (1922-2011). The painting (23 1/4" by 17 1/2", and 29 1/4" by 23 1/4" as framed) is signed at lower right "Rousseau", but this fools no one; it is clearly by the artist Roger Etienne. Why he chose to use a pen name on this particular example will remain an unknown. Etienne is known for mid century drawings of young nudes and clowns, and "Big Eye" children, with French newspaper often incorporated into the image, collage style, as is the case here. Etienne was a prolific artist who spent his later years in Los Angeles and Southern California, which is why many examples appear here. He is said to have worked for four years in the Picasso Workshop, and is credited by some with having worked under Marc Chagall, on the Paris Opera House project. It appears that the artist is often confused by collector, dealer and auction house alike with the French painter Etienne Ret (1900-1996), some of whose works bear some resemblance to those of Roger Etienne. See other works by the artist in my shop. I recommend removal of the old non-glare style glass, prior to shipping.
ROGER ETIENNE (1922-2011) mixed media Retro collage painting of big eyed boy by noted French-American artist