Gustave Moreau

Gustave Moreau
Gustave Moreau
Gustave Moreau Self-portrait of Gustave Moreau, 1850 Born: 6 April 1826 Paris Died: 18 April 1898 (aged 72) Paris Nationality: French Education: François-Édouard Picot Known for: Painting Movement: Symbolism

Gustave Moreau was a French Symbolist painter whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. As a painter, Moreau appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists.

Oedipus and the Sphinx, one of his first symbolist paintings, was exhibited at the Salon of 1864. Moreau quickly gained a reputation for eccentricity. One commentator said Moreau’s work was “like a pastiche of Mantegna created by a German student who relaxes from his painting by reading Schopenhauer”. The painting currently resides in the permanent collection at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Moreau became a professor at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts in 1891 and among his many students were the fauvist painters, Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault. Jules Flandrin, Theodor Pallady and Léon Printemps also studied with Moreau.

Moreau died in Paris and was buried there in the Cimetière de Montmartre.

During his lifetime, Moreau produced more than 8,000 paintings, watercolors and drawings, many of which are on display in Paris’ Musée national Gustave Moreau at 14 rue de la Rochefoucauld (9th arrondissement). The museum is in his former workshop, and began operation in 1903. André Breton famously used to “haunt” the museum and regarded Moreau as a precursor of Surrealism. Source Wikipedia.


Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Europa and the Bull (1869)
Jupiter and Semele (1894-95)
Hesiod and the Muse
Orpheus (1865).
Prometheus (1868).


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