Expanded from a 2015 blog.
THE HAUNTING OF AN EMPEROR
I believe neither in what I touch or what I see. I only believe in what I do not see, and solely in what I feel.
French Symbolist artist Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) may not have the name recognition of his student Henri Matisse today, but he does have a major art museum in Paris dedicated to thousands of his paintings, watercolors, and drawings with titles like The Apparition, Angel Traveler, and Salome. However, the hypnotic Dream Haunting the Mogul is still privately owned, reflecting how tales of the faraway Orient stirred Moreau’s rich imagination.
In The Toilette, Moreau creates another dream-like image, again using rich colors and intricate patterns.
To learn more, google, Musee Gustave Moreau
The above image is used solely for educational purposes.
And enter the mesmerizing and brilliantly colored dining room of another French master Pierre Bonnard in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively!