Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Sleeping—Take a Nap with Van Gogh & Other Artists

Wenzel Tornoe, Seamstress Whitsunday Morning, 1882, oil on canvas, Randers Museum of Art, Randers, Denmark


Longing for a nap? The three artists featured here each take a creative approach.  For instance Danish painter Wenzel Tornoe (1844-1907) depicts an unguarded (if cramped) moment in the working life of a seamstress on Whitsunday (Pentacost) morning, while the woman portrayed by French master Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) has the luxury of stretching out for a more leisurely respite. In The Siesta or Noon, Dutch icon Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was actually recalling Noonday Rest by his artistic French idol Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875).


Felix Vallotton, Woman Sleeping, 1899, oil on canvas, Private Collection


Vincent van Gogh, Noon or the Siesta—Rest from Wok (After Millet), 1890, Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France



Jean-Francois Millet, Noonday Rest, 1866, pastel-graphite, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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