Gustave Moreau

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Birthday
6, 1826
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Apr 18, 1898 (72)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
6, 1826
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Apr 18, 1898 (72)

About

Symbolist painter best known for 'Oedipus and the Sphinx' and other works featuring mythological and biblical images. He taught such future notables as Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault while a professor at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Before Fame

He was originally trained by François-Édouard Picot and Théodore Chassériau. His earliest painting was "Pietà" and it was acquired by the Angoulême cathedral.

Trivia

He produced more than 8,000 works of art during his lifetime; many of his paintings can be found in Paris' Musée National Gustave Moreau.

Family Life

He was the son of a Parisian architect named Louis Jean Marie Moreau. He had a relationship with his longtime portrait model Adelaide-Alexandrine Dureux.

Associated With

He was influenced by Edgar Degas.