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Title: Henri Rousseau—The Sleeping Gypsy
Size: 26" x 40" ( 65 x 100 CM)
Material: Oil On Canvas
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Rousseau, a toll collector for the city of Paris, was largely a self-taught painter, although he had ambitions of entering
This was never realized, but the sharp colors, fantastic imagery, and precise outlines in his workderived from the style
and subject matter of popular print culturestruck a chord with a younger generation of avant-garde painters. Rousseau
described the subject of The Sleeping Gypsy thus: "A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her
(a vase with drinking water), overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chances to pass by, picks up her scent yet does
not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic."
Frustrated desires are a common theme in René Magritte’s work. Here, a barrier of fabric prevents
the intimate embrace between two lovers, transforming an act of passion into one of isolation and frustration.
Some have interpreted this work as a depiction of the inability to fully unveil the true nature of even our most
Enshrouded faces were a common motif in Magritte’s art. The artist was 14 when his mother committed suicide by drowning.
He witnessed her body being fished from the water, her wet nightgown wrapped around her face. Some have speculated
that this trauma inspired a series of works in which Magritte obscured his subjects’ faces. Magritte disagreed with
such interpretations, denying any relation between his paintings and his mother’s death. “My painting is visible images
which conceal nothing,” he wrote, “they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself
this simple question, ‘What does it mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either,
it is unknowable.”
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