Mossa, Gustave Adolphe

France, (1883-1971)

  • Gustave Mossa - Circe
  • Circe

  • (1904), oil on canvas
  • 37.8 x 29.9 in. (96 x 76 cm.)
  • Private collection

About the Artist

Gustave Adolphe Mossa (French, 1883-1971) was a French painter. His father, Alexis Mossa (1844-1926), was himself a painter from Nice who produced many posters for the Carnival of Nice.

Also known as Gustav Adolf Mossa, his early work was influenced by the Symbolist movement and Art Nouveau. Also, in the tradition of his father, he produced print works for the Carnival of Nice, and after the death of his father in 1926, Mossa took his place as curator of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

Today Mossa is known mostly as a print maker for the Carnival of Nice, while his symbolist paintings, watercolor landscapes and primitive art have only been re-discovered since his death. [DES-01/11]

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