Gustave Moreau Biography and Artwork

Gustave Moreau was a legendary French painter born in Paris in 1826. He displayed an early talent for drawing, and attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he received traditional academic training in painting. Moreau’s works fell out of favor but had a revival in the 1960s, decades after his death.

One fascinating fact about Moreau is that he instructed two famous French artists, Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault. His paintings emphasize ornamental and sexual aspects of subjects with heavy impasto and glints of bright color.

Moreau’s works have been described as an intricate harmony between opposing artistic qualities like sensuality and reverence, beauty and grotesque forms. The complex interplay of these elements makes his paintings timeless pieces exemplifying Symbolism, his favorite style.

Despite criticism over some controversial pieces portraying mythological or religious themes using vivid colors with symbolic subject matters, Gustave Moreau remains one of the most renowned painters from France with influential Art Nouveau style credentials showcasing great technique while executing complex techniques to create artworks that captivate art enthusiasts worldwide.

All Gustave Moreau Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Hesiod and the Muse 1857 Oil on Canvas
Jason 1865 Oil On Canvas
Orpheus 1865 Oil on Canvas
The Apparition 1876 Oil on Canvas
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