Henri Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist #painter. His painting style was pure and primitive. He claimed that "Nature is my teacher." and was recognized as a self-taught genius. Rousseau's works exerted an extensive influence on several generations of vanguard artists, including #Picasso, Jean Hugo, Léger, Beckmann and the #Surrealists. Even the animated film #Madagascar was inspired by one of his works.