The Snake Charmer

The Snake Charmer
Artist Henri Rousseau
Year 1907
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Dimensions 74.4 x 66.5 in
189 x 169 cm
Famous Paintings by Henri Rousseau
Tiger in a Tropical Storm
The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope
The Dream
A Carnival Evening
The Sleeping Gypsy
The Football Players
The Snake Charmer
Boy on the Rocks
Exotic Landscape
Complete Works

The Snake Charmer by Henri Rousseau was created in 1907 and is oil on canvas. It is a primitivism style genre painting that is currently on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.


Rousseau did not travel much, so he painted many of his pieces in the Natural History Museum in Paris. This is where he got the inspiration for many of the beautiful colors and animals that he painted.


The Snake Charmer features a human figure in the middle, but slightly off to the side. This figure is dark and obscured by the night. It appears to be a woman who is surrounded by different types of wild animals. These appear to be drawn to her and her charm in the night. The surreal look of the night sky on the jungle gives this painting a seductive glow. In the background is the moon, which adds just enough light to provide the viewer with a glimpse of what is going on.

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