1: "The landscape in Rousseau's "Sleeping Gypsy" is barren, and simplistic, which helps to focus the viewer's attention on the central figures. The large, blue sky envelops the painting and contrasts to the strong neutrals in the rest of the piece. The horizontal lines created by the land, water, and mountains lead the viewer's eye to travel through the scene, while the figure lying diagonally draws the eye down through the piece. The moon is a dominant object in the large, clear sky, which balances the larger, heavier figures below."
2: "This piece holds a special spot in my life that I can relate to. The most important thing that draws my attention is the lion peacefully watching the gypsy sleep. The line of the mountains in the background draws my attention away from the gypsy and the lion. My favorite color in this piece is the vase sitting next to the sleeping gypsy. It holds my attention the longest every time I look at this piece."