Gustave Moreau was a French Symbolist painter whose work mainly included biblical and mythological figures. He was born in Paris and his father who was an architect soon recognized his talent. Moreau studied under François-Édouard Picot.
He also had a 25-year relationship with Adelaide-Alexandrine Dureux, who painted several times. His first painting was the Pietà. In 1853 in the Salon showed two other paintings, A Scene from the Song of Songs and The Death of Darius. Oedipus and the Sphinx was one of his forst symbolost paintings and was exhibited in the Salon in 1864. In his lifetime he produced 8,000 paintings, watercolours and drawings and many of them are on display in Paris in the Musée national Gustave Moreau. Moreau had also became a professor at t Paris' École des Beaux-Arts in 1891 and among his students were Matisse and Rouault. He died in Paris in 1898.
Oedipus and the Sphinx
Oedipus and the wayfarer
Orest in Erinije
Salom dancing before Herod
Hercules and Hydra
Hesiod and the muse
source : http://www.musee-moreau.fr/
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