Why Is This Woman in the Jungle? Henri Rousseau’s The Dream


Artist Henri Rousseau painted The Dream in 1910, and it’s imagery of a woman lounging on a sofa in the middle of a jungle was as surreal then as it is today. What is it about this artwork that captivated audiences then and now?

 

Cite this page as: The Art Assignment, "Why Is This Woman in the Jungle? Henri Rousseau’s The Dream," in Smarthistory, April 6, 2020, accessed October 27, 2020, https://smarthistory.org/why-is-this-woman-in-the-jungle/.