Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Song of Songs

Gustave Moreau (April 6, 1826 – April 18, 1898)
Song of Songs 1853
Oil on Canvas
Musée des Beaux Arts Diogione

Gustave Moreau (April 6, 1826 – April 18, 1898) was a French Symbolist painter.

Moreau's main focus was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. As a painter of literary ideas rather than visual images, he appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists, who saw him as a precursor to their movement.

He defined his art as a "passionate silence"

He taught at the Ecole des Beaux Arts from 1892 until his death. He was a teacher of students such as Roualt and Matisse