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A letter from Rousseau


April 1st, 1910

Dear Monsieur,

I reply immediately to your friendly letter in order to explain the motive for the location of the sofa in question.  This woman sleeping on this sofa dreams that she is transported into the middle of this forest, hearing the notes of the charmer’s pipe.  This gives the motive for the sofa being in the picture.  I thank you for your kind appreciation, and if I have kept my naïveté, it is because M. Gérôme, who was a professor at the Beaux-Arts, as well as M. Clément, director of the Beaux-Arts at the Ecole de Lyon, always told me to keep it.  You will no longer find that amazing in the future.  And I have been told before that I was not of this century.  I will not now be able to change my manner which I have acquired by stubborn application, believe me.  I finish my note by thanking you in advance for the article you will write on me and pray you to accept my deepest sentiments, as well as a good cordial handshake.

Henri Rousseau,


2 bis, rue Perrel (14e)