Gustave Moreau Master Wizard - Collection Discovery Gallimard (n° 312)
Gustave Moreau, nourished by the great tradition of the Renaissance, developed a complex art, which combines a deep knowledge of all mythologies with a high awareness of the painter's craft.
A great inspiration for Parnassian and Symbolist poets, such as José Maria de Heredia and Jean Lorrain, he was also the inspiration of Huysmans and Proust. Creator of a highly personal universe, where are mixed with the revisited myths - Salome, Orpheus, Oedipus and the Sphinx... - the dream and the imagination, the poetry and the mystery, Moreau was at the same time one of the precursors of the symbolism and one of those who opened the way to the modern art: Matisse and Rouault were among his pupils, the Surrealists "rediscovered" him.
Geneviève Lacambre takes us to the heart of this creation, all the more easily since the Gustave-Moreau museum, created by the artist himself - an exemplary case in this late 19th century -, holds all the secrets of this master sorcerer, who willingly described himself as "a worker who assembled dreams".
Rmn - Grand Palais / Découvertes Gallimard No 312