Today even small children recognize the beauty and narrative power of his dream-like images:
The Sleeping Gypsy oil on canvas 51"x 6' 7" 1897
Here is Rousseau's description of this painting:
"A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her (a vase with drinking water), overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chances to pass by, picks up her scent yet does not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic."