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Musee Gustave Moreau Museum

In the 9th arrondisement of Paris in the heart of the Nouvelle Athènes or New Athens area there is a museum dedicated to the life of Gustave Moreau, who was a symbolist painter.

This house museum is situated in the bohemian quarter that numerous different artists, musicians and writers resided in during the mid 19th century.

In fact, the actress Mademoiselle Mars, who was famous for her performances in some of the plays done by Victor Hugo, who also just lived around the corner from Gustave Moreau.

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Musee Gustave Moreau Museum

Victor Hugo was born in Paris in April 1826 and studied with the neoclassical painter Picot, then entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts and from then on travelled extensively in Italy, although his home was always in Paris.

The apartment was where his mother and father lived, and then Gustave Moreau himself lived in this place after their deaths.  And although the interior had been designed by his father who was an architect, Gustave decided to completely refurbish it in 1895 also adding to the building, as he had the idea of creating his own museum of his work and life.

The building was all paid for by Gustave himself and was finished in 1896 and was to the design and layout he wanted for the museum.

But not only did he choose to remodel the apartment into a museum, but he also took on the task of redoing some of his art into larger pieces, but unfortunately, Gustave Moreau died two years later, at the age of 72, before all the works were hung.

When he died in the of April 1898, he left his house and workshop along with approximately, 8000 pictures, water-colours, cartoons and drawings to the City of Paris, in which to form the Musee Gustave Moreau.

The unenviable task of completing his project was left to Henri Rupp, with the museum being opened to the public in the January of 1903.  Containing over 6,000 of the works by Gustave Moreau, it has become one of the most well organised museum collections in Paris.

Gustave is buried in the Cimetiere de Montmartre in Paris.

The Musee Gustave Moreau even today, still has an exceptional way of being able to show the life and work of this incredible painter, and the atmosphere within his apartment and studio, which take up the top floors of the building.

Gustave's approach to painting and drawing was initially academic and then symbolist, before it became surprisingly modern and even almost abstract in his last few years and everywhere you go in this museum, you will find the disconcerting mythological, literary and biblical themes that were so dear to him.  And one of his first pictures is now in the cathedral at Angouleme.

Gustave Moreau collected together some very cherished souvenirs, relating to his parents for the display along with his collection of many books and unusual objects.  And nothing has really changed in a whole century within the place, which means that you can get to see exactly how he lived and where he worked.

There are absolutely thousands of drawings, which are on display in cases with movable panels and on the upper floor you can discover an extraordinary rotating display unit for his watercolours, which was designed along the lines drawn up by Gustave Moreau himself.

The museum boasts several of Gustave Moreau's masterpieces, along with their preparatory work to accompany them, such as The life of Humanity and The Apparition, plus other works of varying sizes, all marked by the same unique characteristics of his art.

And if you look behind curtains, you will be able to view even more of his work, which has been put behind to protect them from light damage.

But it doesn't just contain his works, there are also his own personal art collections that are displayed as well, and as it did when it first opened, the museum still captivates the many thousands of visitors who see the place each year.

Yet you can also get to see some of his paintings that are housed at The Louvre museum in Paris as well.

The museum is open every day of the week except on a Tuesday from 10am through to 5pm.  Although on certain days it does not open until 11am, so it is advisable to double-check the times before you arrive.

Address & Contact Details:

Musee Gustave Moreau
14 Rue de La Rochefoucauld

Telephone: 1 48 74 38 50

Musee Gustave Moreau Museum

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