press release

The painter Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) was a leading figure of French Symbolism. Generations of fine arts enthusiasts around the world have fallen under the spell of the masterworks of this great artist, who filled his paintings with rich mystical imagery and a palette of dazzling, gemstone-like color. After Moreau’s death, the vast collection of art works that remained his Paris studio and the studio building itself became the Gustave Moreau Museum, which was opened to the public in 1903. This exhibition is being held with the complete cooperation of the Gustave Moreau Museum, making possible the showing of such representative masterpieces as Les Licornes (The Unicorns) and L’Apparition (The Apparition). Featuring approximately 160 works spanning from the artist’s early career to his later years, this exhibition will introduce Moreau’s concepts and working process through numerous sketches and drawings and welcome the viewer into the unique creative world of the painting of Gustave Moreau.


Gustave Moreau
Masterworks from the Collection of the Musée Gustave-Moreau, Paris