Gustave Moreau

Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) was a  Symbolist painter from France who specialized in mythical and religious themes.

Gustave Moreau Summary:

  • The greatest influence on Moreau was his master, Théodore Chassériau.
  • He experimented greatly and even create nonfigurative paintings.
  • He became popular and influential at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
  • His works total about 8,000 paintings and are housed in the now known Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris.
  • In several of Moreau’s paintings, two people lock eyes, their faces, and gazes mimicking each other.

Gustave Moreau Famous Paintings:

  • Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864)
  • The Apparition (1876)
  • Thracian Girl Carrying the Head of Orpheus on his Lyre (1865)
  • Jupiter and Semele (1895)
  • Salome Dancing Before Herod (1876)
  • The Young Man and Death (1865)

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