This large oil on canvas painting (size: 6' 8 1/2" x 9' 9 1/2")
is by French artist Henri Roussaeu (1844-1910).
It is titled "The Dream" and is currently in the permanent collection
of The Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
He painted it near the end of his life, in 1910.
Closely looking at
Artist Henri Rousseau completed more than twenty-five jungle paintings during his lifetime. He enjoyed images of the exotic and drew on what was available to Parisian urban dwellers: literature, zoos, natural history museums and botanical gardens. The artist said, "When I am in these hothouses and see the strange plants from exotic lands, it seems to me that I am entering a dream."
|Actual state, color and contrast of the painting today.|
Without some guidance most viewers will miss much of the detail in this painting, which has darkened with age. We have lightened all photos of this artwork to make the analysis easier and the viewing more enjoyable.
Now let's look deeply into the foliage of Henri Rousseau's "The Dream" and see the interesting mixture of the domestic, the exotic, the erotic and the artist's use of creative license.
A nude on a sofa is certainly out-of-place in a jungle.
|The face of the model is very naive in its rendering. |
It is doubtful a model was in front of the artist
when he painted this face.
In fact, the execution of the entire painting shows
the artist's lack of training and knowledge.
|The Garden of Eden theme is reinforced|
by the snake entering the scene,
at the lower right corner of the painting.
|The snake's close-up - because the top half of the snake|
has no contrast with the background and is difficult to see.
|Just to the left and above the snake's tale are the two lionesses. One stalks the painter (viewer) while the other stalks the model. The Glowing yellow eyes are haunting and certainly don't make the viewer feel comfortable about their intentions.|
|Top lion stalks the model.|
|Bottom lion is focused on the painter,|
or more correctly on the viewer.
|Notice the beautiful and exotic yellow winged bird|
with a white body over the model's head.
Also notice the scale of the vegetation
and flowers in proportion to the human form,
the plants are huge.
|Detail of the yellow winged bird.|
It seems to be having trouble with its balance on the stem.
|An elephant? Yes, an elephant with it's trunk curled,|
hides among the bananas and flowers.
Miraculously it disturbs none of the surrounding foliage.
|In the original darker painting, this monkey is very hard to see,|
because Rousseau used so little contrast between it and the background
The oranges also draw so much of the viewer's attention
with their color contrast against the greenery.
|To the right of the first monkey, a second monkey|
hangs from the blue-green branches.
|To the left of the first monkey,|
Rousseau painted a third monkey.
(please excuse the quality of this detail photo)
|Detail of the sky with the moon.|
|Rousseau's painting of the jungle's vegetation -|
the plants' stems leaves and flowers - is spectacular.
|The brush strokes here showed he painted in layers,|
this flower is painted over the leaves behind it.
|Detail of green bananas|
|The vast variety of shades of green paint|
may be the most complex part of the entire painting
|Left of center, stands |
a dark skinned musician
in a tribal skirt.
"Life Leaves a Mark!"
The stories behind the scars of life and illness.
Artist Ted Meyer talks about his series: "Scarred for Life"
Artist Ted Meyer has a series where he makes prints from people's scars, then paints back into them for the final artwork. The personal stories behind the art make every abstracted design into realism.
"Scarred for Life"
Photos and artworks by Ted Meyer.
|Ted Meyer made this print from a burn scar on this man's arm|
and then added some emotions of his own.
(Source: for more information go to: www.tedmeyer.com/scarred-for-life-gallery/)
Creme Brûlée is the exotic dessert we normally only eat at restaurants, but it is easy to make at home.
1 quart heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 cup vanilla sugar, divided
6 large egg yolks
2 quarts hot water
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks until well blended and it just starts to lighten in color.
- Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually.
- Pour the liquid into 6 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins.
- Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan.
- Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
- Bake just until the creme brulee is set, but trembling in the center, approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
- Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.
- Remove the creme brulee from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar.
- Divide the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla sugar equally among the 6 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top. Allow the creme brulee to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
(source: a family recipe)
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