Henri Rousseau - The Sleeping Gypsy

Henri Rousseau - The Sleeping Gypsy - 1897
MOMA
Rousseau’s primitive style lead to the early modernists who began to flatten and simplify the visual plain. The painting has served as inspiration for poetry and music, and has been altered and parodied by various artists often with the lion replaced by a dog or other animal. In the Simpsons episode "Mom and Pop Art" Homer dreams of waking up in the artwork with the lion licking his head. A print of the work appears in the movie "The Apartment" above the comatose Fran Kubelik. To see the original: The Sleeping Gypsy.

Ed Wheeler

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