The Sleeping Gypsy, 1897: Canvas Replica Painting: Grande
By artist Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), in a Private Collection
With a mysterious poetry, the lion visits the gypsy woman and her mandolin in a masterful composition that somehow employs hard lines and flattish perspectives to great advantage. As the quintessential untrained artist, it was the innocence and charm of French painter Rousseau's nave or primative works won him the admiration of the avant-garde. Rousseau was celebrated by Surrealists, including Picasso, for the raw, savage power in his paintings. The authentic stretched canvas replica painting captures the original work's texture, depth of color, and even its subtle brushstrokes, which are applied by hand exclusively for Design Toscano. Our imported hardwood frame features delicate, floral details on the borders and is highlighted in antiqued gold tones to enhance this spectacular image.
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Grande: 48.25"Wx33.75"H framed (41"Wx26.5"H image size, 3.875"W frame)
   Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)

Rousseau was not a great student, did not graduate, and entered the military service where he remained for four years. During his military service, Rousseau met soldiers who had fought and survived the French expedition to Mexico in 1862. Some say these survivors told Rousseau their memories and stories about the subtropical country and he was fascinated and inspired to paint exotic landscapes that would become his defining style. Rousseau's vivid jungle scenes, such as The Dream, led to the rumor that he traveled often to Mexico when in actuality, he never left France in his lifetime.

Rousseau's jungle paintings used up to fifty different shades of green. Rousseau would complete his paintings one color at a time, doing all of one color and then moving on to the next color, and so on. Thus, he spent a great amount of time on a single painting and his collection is not large by any means.Many critics thought that Rousseau's paintings were childish because of his lack of professional training, but Rousseau possessed great creativity and invention in his particular technique.

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