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

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

  1. Beautiful lion portrait. I’m sure the “douanier Rousseau” would have approved this melancholic look on its face. Well done, thumbs up from France!

  2. 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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