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From Curator Socks: Also known as Le Songe or Rêve exotique, The Dream is one of the many Rousseau’s paintings with a jungle theme. It features an almost surreal portrait of Yadwigha (Jadwiga), Rousseau's mistress, lying on the left of the painting, gazing over a jungle landscape. It also portraits a colorful snake charmer playing his flute, barely visible.
Besides being self-taught and starting his career at around 40 years old, Rousseau never traveled outside Paris, so his works are inspired solely by his visits to the city’s natural history museum among other botanical spaces where he felt like entering a dream. Even though this was his first work to receive critical acclaim, it didn’t prevent Rousseau from dying in poverty shortly afterward.
Henri Rousseau created “The Dream” in 1910. Oil on canvas, 204.5 × 298.5 cm. Housed in Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
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