Gustave Moreau, ‘Pittacus the Tyrant in War Costume’, 1883, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Graphite with watercolor on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Gustave Moreau

Pittacus the Tyrant in War Costume, 1883

Graphite with watercolor on wove paper
13 1/16 × 7 3/16 in
33.2 × 18.3 cm
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington
overall: 33.1 x 18.2 cm (13 1/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gustave Moreau
French, 1826–1898
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A leading Symbolist, Gustave Moreau painted fantastical and mythological subject matter in a painterly and sensuous style. Moreau was influenced by the Romanticism of Eugène Delacroix and Théodore Chassériau (his teacher), but focused on the femme-fatales and virgins often associated with Symbolist painting. Salome Dancing Before Herod (1876), one of Moreau’s most famous works, took the artist seven years to paint, as he slowly built up the painting’s rich, encrusted surface. Moreau was also known for his semi-abstract watercolors, and was a teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts, where his pupils included Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, and Georges Rouault. André Breton regarded Moreau as an important precursor to Surrealism.

Gustave Moreau, ‘Pittacus the Tyrant in War Costume’, 1883, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Graphite with watercolor on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington
overall: 33.1 x 18.2 cm (13 1/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium
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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gustave Moreau
French, 1826–1898
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A leading Symbolist, Gustave Moreau painted fantastical and mythological subject matter in a painterly and sensuous style. Moreau was influenced by the Romanticism of Eugène Delacroix and Théodore Chassériau (his teacher), but focused on the femme-fatales and virgins often associated with Symbolist painting. Salome Dancing Before Herod (1876), one of Moreau’s most famous works, took the artist seven years to paint, as he slowly built up the painting’s rich, encrusted surface. Moreau was also known for his semi-abstract watercolors, and was a teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts, where his pupils included Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, and Georges Rouault. André Breton regarded Moreau as an important precursor to Surrealism.

Gustave Moreau

Pittacus the Tyrant in War Costume, 1883

Graphite with watercolor on wove paper
13 1/16 × 7 3/16 in
33.2 × 18.3 cm
Permanent collection
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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