Arts Everyday Living: Moreau, Matisse’s Teacher & the Haunting of an Emperor

Expanded from a 2015 blog.






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.

Gustave Moreau

Gustave Moreau, The Dream Haunting the Mogul, c. 1881, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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 ApparitionAngel 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.

Gustave Moreau, The Toilette, c. 1885-1890, gouache and watercolor, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan.

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!


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