oil on canvas, 204.5 - 298.5 cm. - New York, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) (www.moma.org)
Atemporal and incredibly suggestive, “The Dream” is a sensational painting that reunites in itself all the magic and fantasy of the art by 'Le Douanier' Henri Rousseau, who explained the work with this suggestive speech: “The sleeping woman on the sofa dreams that she is transported into the forest, while hearing the music of a snake charmer…”
The origins of these fantastically exotic works are so complex that they would force us to an impossible trip within the mind of 'Le Douanier' Rousseau, inhabited by the admiration for Baudelaire's “The flowers of the evil”, the poems of his friend Apollinaire, and the fascination for the wild nature, so typical of the Bohemian artists in the late 19 th century.
Text: G. Fernández, www.theartwolf.com