Monday, March 3, 2008

Gustave Moreau

Ah, Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)...big kahuna of the Symbolist movement. The thing I particularly like about his work (and in my mind he's one of the top painters ever, growing up looking at his work made him sort of mythical to me) is that his work looks like it comes from another time, it looks like it could have come from another, forgotten era thousands of years ago. It has a mystical, otherworldly look, but lacks sloppy or trite has a feral power lurking under the surface.