Picasso: Le Rêve (French, “The Dream”) is a 1932 oil painting (130 × 97 cm) byPablo Picasso, then 50 years old, portraying his 22-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. It is said to have been painted in one afternoon, on 24 January 1932. It belongs to Picasso’s period of distorted depictions, with its oversimplified outlines and contrasted colors resembling early Fauvism. (Wikipedia)

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Henri Rousseau: Le Rêve (French: Le Rêve, occasionally also known as Le Songe orRêve exotique) is a large oil-on-canvas painting created by Henri Rousseauin 1910, one of more than 25 Rousseau paintings with a jungle theme. His last completed work, it was first exhibited at the Salon des Indépendantsfrom 18 March to 1 May 1910, a few months before his death on 2 September 1910.

Rousseau’s The Dream is the largest of his jungle paintings, measuring 6′ 8½” x 9′ 9½” (204.5 x 298.5 cm). It features an almost surreal portrait of Yadwigha (Jadwiga), Rousseau’s Polish mistress from his youth, lying naked on a divan to the left of the painting, gazing over a landscape of lush jungle foliage, including lotus flowers, and animals including birds, monkeys, an elephant, a lion and lioness, and a snake. The stylised forms of the jungle plants are based on Rousseau’s observations at the Paris Museum of Natural History and its Jardin des Plantes. The nude’s left arm reaches towards the lions and a black snake charmer who faces the viewer playing his flute, barely visible in the gloom of the jungle under the dim light of the full moon. A pink-bellied snake slithers through the undergrowth, its sinuous form reflecting the curves of the woman’s hips and leg. (Wikipedia)

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