The Dream Painting

TheDream Painting

HenriRousseau wasa post–impressionpainterfrom France, whoat one pointhisworkwasdeemedto be naïve. Thedreampaintingis one of hisgreatestworkswhich featured a bigoil-on-canvas paintingin theyear1910. Thiswashisfinalcompletedworkwhich wasfirstshowcasedfrom March 18th to May 1st 1990. Thedreamreceiveda positiveresponsebecauseRousseau’s previousworkwasfacedwith majornegativereception.Thepaintingglowwith greatbeautythat has beendescribedby manypeopleas an indisputable.Thedreamis not onlya painting,butalsoa narrativethat capturesvariouseventstakingplacein Rousseau’s lifeduring thattime.Thedreampaintingis thelargestjunglepaintingwith a measurementof 204.5 by 298.5 centimeters. Thepicturecapturesa characteristicportrayalof Rousseau’s Polish mistresswhowascalledJadwiga whenshewasstillyoung(Schmalenbach and Henri 45).

Thepictureshowsthemistressnakedresting on thesofalookingat a landscapeflourishing with junglefoliage. Thedreampaintinghas loveas itssubjectwhichis broughtout by a peacefulco-existence among theanimalsandalsothebeautyof thetrees andflowersin thejungle.Rousseau gavean explanationof thepaintingas a picturethat portraysa womanlyingon a sofalisteningto a personplayingflutein thejungle.Rousseau is saidto havebeeninspiredLe Reve whichis a novelwrittenby Emile Zola. Thenovelnarratesa storybetween an embroideress anda painter.Rousseau is believedto havefallenin lovewith Leonie, whowasa shopassistantduring thetimehewaspaintingThe Dream (Schmalenbach and Henri 47).

Inmypersonalview,thiswasa beautifulpieceof workcapturingtheattractiveness of nature.TheDream bringsout therelationshipthat existbetween theanimalsandtheplantsandthewaytheydepend on eachother.Thepaintingalsoshowsthatlovecan beperpetuatedby thebeautyof thenatureanditsabilityto supplyeverything that is neededby humanbeingsfortheirsurvival.Myquestionsabout thisworkare, whatis thereasonthepaintingdoesfeaturea man?Themanwould protecta womanwhois naked.Theotherquestionwould be: Why is thewomannakedin thejungle?Itis wellknownthatitis likelyto be freezingin thejungleportrayedin thepainting.(Schmalenbach and Henri 50).Thecraftandtechnique

Thedreampaintinghas covereda varietyof colors. Mostof thetrees glitterwith greencolor andsomeof thembear yellowfruitswhichshowthattheclimatein thejungleis favorable fortheirsurvival.Thejungleis alsoinhabited by a numberof wildanimalsincludingbirdsandmonkeysthat areseenon thetrees. Otheranimalsincludea lion,a lioness, an elephant anda snake.Thefoliage capturesa varietyof flowerswhichincludeslotus flowersandalsovariousspeciesof trees bringingout thebeautyaspectof thejungle.(Schmalenbach and Henri 53)Conclusion

Thedreampaintingis thebestworkby Henri Rousseau of alltimesince hispreviousworkwasseenas naïve. TheDream paintingis thelargestjunglepaintingthat capturesa nakedwomanwhois believedto be Jadwiga, Rousseau’s mistress.Thisprovesthefactthatthesubjectof theprintingis lovewhichisalsosupportedby thepeacefulco-existence that has beenprovidedby thebeautifulnature.Thepaintingcapturesa numberof wildanimalsandalsoa varietyof plants.Thepaintingtechniqueis broughtout wellby thecombinationof colors anda widerangeof imagescaptured.

WorksCited

Schmalenbach,Werner, and Henri Rousseau. HenriRousseau: Dreams of the Jungle.Munich: Prestel, 1998. Print.