" Gustave Moreau, whose one hundred and fiftieth anniversary was celebrated in 1976, is one of the most elusive and mysterious figures in the history of modern painting. He lived a secluded life and his work was known only to an elite. On his daeth in 1898 he bequeathed his paris studio and everthing in it to the State as a museum.
Pierre-Louis Mathieu has been working through the archives of the Gustave Moreau Museum since 1963 and has located most of the artist's known works. In this book he has provided a well-documented biography, but his chief aim has been to trace the development of Moreau's art, year by year. He has thus compiled a complete monograph on this important artist and his work, carefully pacing him in the context of the majot art movements of the later nineteenth century.
The author also evaluates the influence exerted by Moreau both in literature and art, particularly as a teacher at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in paris, where Rouault, Matisse and Marquet were among his students.
The sigificance of Moreau does end there, for Andre Breton regarded him as a true initiator of the surrealist aesthetic and both Max Ernst and Salvador Dali have recognized him as one of the precursors of Surrealism.
This is the first book to give a full account of Moreau's life, work and influence. "
Large hardback has off-white coloured cloth boards with red lettering to the spine and illustrated dust jacket. Condition is good with clean pages throughout and securely bound. There is an ordour to the pages associated with any book being left in a cupboard for a long time. The rear board and spine has some dark stains, the front board is clear. This is an ex-library reference book with no markings or tanning to the pages. The dust jacket is intact and clean with wrinkling to all edges and some bumping to the rear top corner. A good readable copy. Book is heavy at 2.9 kgs, so will sent by courier for a charge of £7.00