"I believe neither in what I touch nor what I see. I only believe in what I do not see, and solely in what I feel."


Moreau, Gustave (1826-1898) was French painter, one of the leading Symbolist artists. He was a pupil of Chassériau and was influenced by his master's exotic Romanticism, but Moreau went far beyond him in his feeling for the bizarre and developed a style that is highly distinctive in subject and technique.

His preference was for mystically intense images evoking long-dead civilizations and mythologies, treated with an extraordinary sensuousness. Although he had some success at the Salon, he had no need to court this as he had private means, and much of his life was spent in seclusion. In 1892 he became a professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and proved that he was an inspired teacher, bringing out his pupils' individual talents rather than trying to impose ideas on them. His pupils included Marquet and Matisse, but his favorite was Rouault, who became the first curator of the Moreau Museum in Paris (the artist's house), which Moreau left to the nation on his death. The bulk of his work is preserved there.


"Oedipus and the Sphinx" (1864) Oil on canvas, 206.4 × 104.8 cm - 81.3 x 41.3 in. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA.



"Thracian Girl Carrying the Head of Orpheus on His Lyre" (1865) Oil on canvas, 154 × 100 cm - 60.6 x 39.4 in. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.



"Pietà" (1854) Oil on canvas, 75 × 96 cm - 29.53 × 37.8 in.
Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan.



"The Death of Sapho" (circa 1870) Oil on canvas, 81 × 62 cm - 31.89 × 24.41 in. Private collection.



"The Travelling Poet" Oil on canvas. Musée Gustave Moreau, Paris, France.



"Europa and the Bull" (circa 1869) Watercolor.

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Related Terms: Symbolism, Romanticism.


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