About the Artist:
Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) was a French Symbolist painter. Moreau quickly gained a reputation for eccentricity. Moreau’s whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures, and he also chose his subjects from history, religion, legend and fancy
Moreau became a professor at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts in 1891 and his teaching was highly popular. Among his many students were fauvist painters Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault. As a painter, Moreau appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists of the time.
During his lifetime, Moreau produced more than 8,000 paintings, watercolors and drawings. When he died, Moreau bequeathed to the state his house, containing about the majority of his paintings, water-colours, cartoons and drawings, which form the Musée Gustave Moreau was created.