Henri Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist famed for his lushly painted jungle scenes. In his seminal work, the artist merged elements of fantasy with a sensitive attention to form, composition, and color. Rousseau used a subtle palette of sage greens, earthen reds, and rich blacks, to produce interlocking forms that appear to emanate light from within. “A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her, overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chances to pass by, picks up her scent yet does not devour her,” Henri describes his work as an elegant yet vulture approach to wildlife and nature.