If we must categorize, we would much rather call them ‘natural’ artists
Henri Rousseau was a customs officer who left his position at 40 to work full-time as a painter. He was classified as a “primitivist” painter. If we must categorize, we would rather call him a ‘natural’ artist.
“Although the painting establishment laughed and ridiculed his artistic style, he was highly regarded by artists who were outside the establishment, such as Picasso, Jean Hugo, Leger, Beckman, and later, painters of the Surrealist style. He was unaware that he was considered untrained by established painters, and believed himself to be a great realist painter.” [source:http://www.wikiart.org/en/henri-rousseau]
Niko Pirosmani | Піросмані Автопортрет
Like Henri Rousseau, Pirosmani was somewhat of an outsider. Niko Pirosmani [Georgian/Russian Empire] is a natural artist and the beauty of his work lives on where everyone who has a computer can see his work through the gorgeousness we call technology and now through a twist on his work with our handprinted replicas of his Wild Boar painting.
“Although his paintings had some local popularity (about 200 survive) his relationship with professional artists remained uneasy; making a living was always more important to him than aesthetic abstractions…Usually, Pirosmani painted on oilcloth. Unlike other artists, Niko didn’t aim at a pure imitation of the nature and paid no attention to details. Some of his paintings are monochrome. His paintings demonstrate the author’s sharp compositional consideration. Placements of the figures are frontal, while faces do not demonstrate a specific mood.” [source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niko_Pirosmani] Click on the Self-Portrait image to learn more about Niko Pirosmani.