The Sleeping Gypsy is a painting produced in 1897 by French artist Henri Rousseau.
One of the most perceptible modern pieces of art and has been considered as one of the many inspiring works by poets and musicians and also frequently parodied.
Rousseau described the subject of The Sleeping Gypsy thus: “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.”