The Football Players

The Football Players
Artist Henri Rousseau
Year 1908
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Dimensions 39.6 × 31.6 in
100.5 × 80.3 cm
Famous Paintings by Henri Rousseau
Tiger in a Tropical Storm
The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope
The Dream
A Carnival Evening
The Sleeping Gypsy
The Football Players
The Snake Charmer
Boy on the Rocks
Exotic Landscape
Complete Works

The Football Players by Henri Rousseau is a primitivism style oil painting created on canvas. It’s currently located at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.


Rousseau wasn’t a well-known artist until he reached his late 40s, which is when he started seriously painting. He created The Football Players in 1908 to show modern times instead of historical images.


The Football Players features a landscape with rich colors in the trees and background. There are four football players running on a path and tossing around the ball. Each of them has a handlebar mustache, and they are wearing striped pajamas. Two of the players are in pink and blue pajamas while the other two players are in orange and yellow pajamas. The path they are playing on is surrounded by trees on both sides and wooden posts that create the pathway. Two of the men have glasses on and all have smiles on their faces.

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