Curator Socks

Sleeping Gypsy Socks


Artist: Henri Rousseau

Created: 1897

Dimensions (cm): 130 x 201

Format: Oil Paint

Location: Museum of Modern Art


Henri Rousseau was known by his contemporaries as "Le Douanier", a humorous-slash-mocking reference to his job as a toll collector in Paris. Self-taught in his art, it was only at the age of 49 that he became a full-time artist. Rousseau's naïve style seldomly granted him any critical recognition, although it was characterized by a wonderful imagination, attention to detail, and vivid colours, resulting in a refreshingly unique take on post-impressionism.

In the late 19th century, Paris' art scene was fascinated by wandering gypsies, the Romany people known in France as bohémiens. This led Rousseau to create a truly unusual portrayal of a woman in the 19th century, an independent artist free to roam the world and follow her heart's desires - very woke M. Rousseau!

With flat planes of rich colour, hard lines and exotic aura, "The Sleeping Gypsy" exudes stillness and peacefulness. The presence of a peculiarly friendly lion further illustrates the dream-like, poetic nature of this work. Rousseau's innocent and unsophisticated style asserted itself as a new kind of modern art.

80% Combed Cotton, 17% Polyamide, 3% Elastane.
Made in Portugal using the most advanced craftsmanship to produce the finest seamless socks.

Wash inside out (40ºC/100ºF max). Do not tumble dry, iron.

For men:
- Large: L: 41-46 UK (7½-11½) US (8-12)
- Medium: M: 36-40 UK (4-7) US (4½-7½)

For women:
- Large:  L: 41-46 UK (7½-11½) US (10-12½)
- Medium:  M: 36-40 UK (4-7) US (6-9½)