Gustave Moreau Museum reopens its doors

21 Jan 2015 - Arts, Museums - Galleries

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After more than a year of work the Gustave Moreau Museum reopens (January 22) with two new features : the rooms on the ground floor restored (80 m2) and a cabinet of graphic arts (restricted to researchers, on demand).

Located in the heart of the romantic area of la Nouvelle Athènes (between Trinité and Place Blanche), the house-museum Gustave Moreau is both a place of charm and collections. This was indeed the house and studio of Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) during a large part of his life. The museum (opened in 1903) houses the major part of the artwork the artist legate to The French State. More than 15,000 master’s creations, drawings, watercolors (art considered minor, in which he excelled), paintings, sculptures, are preserved in this timeless place, held in the state since the death of the artist in 1898. In addition to this collection nearly 10,000 works and objets d’art.
Gustave Moreau has for master Chasseriau and taught at the School of Fine Arts to students that become famous : Matisse, Manguin, Marquet … He was a friend of Degas to whom he taught the use of pastel … He drew his inspiration from mythology, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages. Precursor of Fauvism, Abstraction, this genious of drawing, watercolor, painting, pastel, unfortunately does not have the reputation it should have.
It’s time to discover or rediscover the museum, its formidable collection and charming neighborhood where still roam the memories of George Sand and Chopin.

To extend the tour, you can stroll in the footsteps of artists who lived in the neighborhood in the 1850s and discover its architectural treasures by downloading our Art Walk. (only inFrench for the moment)

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