12. The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau, 1897
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Rousseau himself describes The Sleeping Gypsy as "A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her (a vase with drinking water), overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chances to pass by, picks up her scent yet does not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic."