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."

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