Arts Everyday Living: Henri Rousseau–A Dream Within a Dream

Henri Rousseau, A Carnival Evening, 1885-1886, oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe, A Dream Within a Dream

French artist Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) worked independently in his own unique style, often categorized as Naive, creating poetic and enigmatic visions such as A Carnival Evening above.  American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) continues to be a master of horror and suspense with stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black CatThe Pit and the Pendulum, among others, that still inspire movie, TV as well as theater productions today.


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