Gustave Moreau was one of the most influential painters of the 19th century, yet he is little known today. Teacher of Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault, he created a world of glittering, bejeweled illusion and mystery in his art. His complex, decorative style united a passion for mythology and mysticism with exquisite craftsmanship, and inspired a generation of Symbolist pGustave Moreau was one of the most influential painters of the 19th century, yet he is little known today. Teacher of Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault, he created a world of glittering, bejeweled illusion and mystery in his art. His complex, decorative style united a passion for mythology and mysticism with exquisite craftsmanship, and inspired a generation of Symbolist painters, poets, and writers, among them Proust, Mallarme, and the English Pre-Raphaelites. In his elusive, shadowed universe, compounded of dreams, memories, fragments of poetry, and ancient myths, Salome dances, Oedipus confronts the Sphinx, and Orpheus, master of music, sets his lyre singing. Trained in Renaissance art traditions, Moreau helped to open the way for modern art, and was especially fascinating to the later Surrealists, themselves drunk on dreams. Genevieve Lacambre takes us into the heart of this man's unique creativity, exploring his life and artistic sources. More than 120 paintings, drawings, and watercolors and a wealth of documents, letters, and photographs illustrate the life and work of this singular artist....
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Discoveries: Gustave Moreau Reviews
My only complaint about this book was its very small format, such that the brilliance of the paintings and the exquisite color leaves one hungering to go to his museum in Paris. That's probably the point! An in-depth biography with lots of anecdotes, colorful information, fantastic illustrations throughout, and even reprints of criticism (both pro and con) about Moreau from peers, judges, and students. There is a lot of wonderful detail to love here. If you aren't familiar with Moreau, this will tell you all need to know before you hit a museum to see some of his work (I first saw his work at the Fogg). Highly recommended.
I was so glad I finally found something about this artist. I attempted to recreate a painting of his when I was in 8th grade, and I've been enamored since then. The problem being that during his lifetime he achieved notoriety, but now (in the US at least), he's not very well known. Though now, I want to go to his museum even more.Quick and easy little read about his life and art.
I hadn't appreciated how great Gustave Moreau's paintings were. His drawings are also fantastic. I'm going to be looking more closely at his paintings.