The Sleeping Gypsy

size(cm): 30x50
Sale price£138 GBP


The Sleeping Gypsy is a famous painting by the French artist Henri Rousseau, which he created in 1897.

During a clear night with a full moon, in a desert landscape, devoid of vegetation and any sign of life, bathed by a calm sea, a dark-skinned woman lies asleep, totally unaware of what is happening around her.

An interesting fact about this painting is that the inspiration for the work came from a popular song of the time called "Chant Hindou" (Hindu song), which Rousseau heard played on a street organ. The exotic melody of the song and the lyrics of an Indian girl sleeping under the moonlight inspired him to create this mystical and dreamlike painting.

Another interesting fact is that although the painting depicts a moonlit desert scene, Rousseau never traveled to a desert in his life. Instead, he was inspired by his visits to the botanical gardens and the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, where he studied the exotic plants and animals on display.

Another interesting fact about La Gitana Dormida is that she was initially criticized by some art critics for her unconventional style and lack of technical skill. Rousseau was a self-taught artist who never received formal training, and his naive style was thought by some critics to be unsophisticated and amateurish.

However, over time, the painting gained wide recognition and is now considered a masterpiece of early modern art. It has been praised for its dreamlike quality, vibrant colors and imaginative composition, which showcase Rousseau's unique artistic vision and creativity.

Today, La Gitana Dormida is widely celebrated as one of the most iconic and recognizable works in modern art history, and continues to inspire artists and viewers around the world.

The Sleeping Gypsy is now part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, where it remains one of Rousseau's most famous and beloved works.

The Sleeping Gypsy is ranked no. 19 on the list of famous paintings

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