Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Moreau, Gustave

Hesiod and the Muse (Hésiode et la Muse)
Oil on wood
59 × 34.5 cm (23.2 × 13.6 in)
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Moreau, Gustave (1826–1898).
French Symbolist painter whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures.
As a painter of literary ideas, Moreau appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists.
During his lifetime, he produced more than 8,000 paintings, etc., many of which are on display in Paris' Musée national Gustave Moreau.
The museum is in his former workshop, and André Breton famously used to "haunt" the museum and regarded Moreau as a precursor of Surrealism.