Gustave Moreau : History Painting, Spirituality and Symblism (HB)

Gustave Moreau : History Painting, Spirituality and Symblism (HB)


The acclaimed French painter Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) strove to renew figure painting by creating a non-academic form of 'epic' art.

In this thought-provoking book, Peter Cooke explains how Moreau effectively created pictorial Symbolism through his novel approach to the genre of history painting. In the process, the author closely examines the artist through a number of his major paintings, his ideology and aesthetic, and in relation to other artists of his time and of the previous generations.

The narrative follows Moreau's career from his Neoclassical and academic training through his conversion to Romanticism, his studies in Italy, his experiences as an exhibitor at the Paris Salon, between 1864 and 1880, and his subsequent years as a professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and as the founder of his own museum.

By examining Moreau's critical reception, as well as that of his students, the book shows his controversial effect on the art world of his time, during the Second Empire and Third Republic. Drawing on unpublished manuscripts from the Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris, Cooke presents fresh insights into how Moreau's complex and original art reflects his spiritualist ideology, together with his persistent inner obsessions.

Product Code 1039227
Author Peter Cooke
Publisher Yale University Press
Published July 2014
Format Hardback
Pages 288
Dimensions 28.6 x 23.6 x 2.4 cm
ISBN 9780300204339
GTIN 9780300204339
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