Lion Mask (… after Rousseau)

Made by Lis Muise

I wanted to make this lion mask as part of an annual art challenge that my girl friend and I have set each other for decades. The challenge was to make a mask from the subject of a painting. I chose the lion in Henri Rousseau’s “Sleeping Gypsy”. I painted a little replica of the painting as a ‘go-with’. I considered the rafia mane treatment, but in the end opted for fake fur which I think gives it a very realistic look. This was a super fun project to work on and I’m looking forward to doing more!

Paper mache lion mask with fake fur mane

Paper mache lion mask with fake fur mane

3 thoughts on “Lion Mask (… after Rousseau)”

  1. Beautifully done. One just wants to run up and hug that lion, and I don’t think the gypsy needs to be afraid of much. I’ve loved that painting, and your lion seems perfect for it. Happy New Year!

    • Thank you for the kind words, and I don’t think my friend would mind at all. We normally would have our “big reveal” on New Year’s Eve but this year, with the virus, we’ll have to delay it for a bit. I’ll let you know as soon as I do! Cheers!


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