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Henri Rousseau 1844-1910

Henri Rousseau, the French customs inspector and self-taught painter whose Sleeping Gypsy is one of the most popular paintings in New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Although he often copied art in the Louvre, Rousseau was essentially self-taught. He frequently strolled through the suburbs of Paris, sketching from nature. He wrote: "Nothing makes me happier than to contemplate nature and to paint it. Would you believe it that when I go out in the country and see all that sun, all that greenery and all those flowers, I sometimes say to myself: 'All that belongs to me, it does.'"

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