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Encyclopedia > The Sleeping Gypsy
The Sleeping Gypsy
Henri Rousseau, 1897
oil on canvas, 129.5 × 200.7 cm
Museum of Modern Art

The Sleeping Gypsy or La Bohémienne endormie is an oil painting by French Naive artist Henri Rousseau. The fantastical depiction of a lion musing over a sleeping woman on a moonlit night is one of the most recognizable artworks of modern times. Self Portrait, 1908 Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive or Primitive manner. ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... View across garden, in new MoMA building by Yoshio Taniguchi. ... Mona Lisa, Oil on wood panel painting by Leonardo da Vinci La Donna Velata, painted in 1516, Oil on wood panel painting by Raphael Oil painting is done on surfaces with pigment ground into a medium of oil — especially in early modern Europe, linseed oil. ... Naïve art is created by untrained artists. ... Self Portrait, 1908 Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive or Primitive manner. ...


Rousseau first exhibited the painting at the 13th Salon des Indépendants, and tried unsuccessfully to sell it to the mayor of his hometown, Laval. Instead it entered the private collection of a Parisian charcoal merchant where it remained until 1924. In 1939 it was brought by Mrs Simon Guggenheim who gifted it to the New York Museum of Modern Art. Salon des Indépendants is an exhibition of art held annually since 1884 in Paris, France. ... Laval is a commune in the Mayenne département of France. ... Simon Guggenheim (1867 - 1941) was an American businessman and philanthropist. ... View across garden, in new MoMA building by Yoshio Taniguchi. ...


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. The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. ... Mom and Pop Art is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons tenth season. ...


External links

  • The Sleeping Gypsy MoMA Provenance Research

 
 

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