Biography of Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)

French painter; born in Paris, on April 6, 1826, and died in the same city, in 1898. He/She was a pupil of the school of fine arts in Paris and attended the study that Picot exerted the position of Professor, while the teacher exercising less influence in the work of his disciple. He/She then worked with Chasseriau.

In 1857 he/she travelled around Italy, where you copied to the great artists of the Renaissance, this journey completely changed the direction of his artistic personality and he/she comes from a large number of sketches of landscapes, fair, precise and energetic, by itself alone, showing that it had been a great landscaper. His first success came with his work Oedipus and the Sphinx which he/she exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1864.

In 1881, it illustrated the Fables of La Fontaine. His favourite subjects are biblical or mythological fantasies: Orfeo (1865), the rape of Europa (1868), Hesiod and the Muse (1891), Diomedes devoured by his horses (1865, Museum of Rouen), poet and santa, Santa Isabel de Hungría, the complaints of the poet, snatched by the Centaurs, the poet poet and siren, the abduction of Europa, Leda, Pasiphae, the fairy of the tapsThe good Samaritan, piety, the death of the cross, San Sebastián, Hercules and the Hydra of Lerma, Salome in the garden (collection Greffulhe, Paris), David meditating (collection Roederer), Jacob and the angel (collection Raffalovitch), Moses (Roux collection), Phaeton (Museum of Luxembourg), Galatea (collection Taigny), Helena (collection Beer), Bathsheba (Museum of Luxembourg), Cain, Orpheus in the tomb of Euripide and daughters of Thestius.

Safo (watercolor, 1884). Victoria and Albert Museum (London, England).


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