escaping from the head of the Baptist. As for the decoration of Herod's palace, it is directly inspired by the Alhambra in Granada. John Howard. now stifled the woman, dizzied by the whirlwind of the dance, The face was encircled by an aureole worked [Galerie Brame et Lorenceau, Paris, no. Through these disparate elements, Moreau recreates a magnificent, idealised Orient, using complex technical means: highlighting, grattage, incisions etc. Exhibition catalogue. Moreau's paintings appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists. their patterns on the cupolas where, on nacreous marquetry, crept Gustave Moreau s’inscrit donc dans une tradition qu’il va subvertir en inventant cette apparition fantastique de la tête du précurseur nimbée, dégouttant de sang devant Salomé horrifiée. visions and the enchanting sublimation of past ages. With a gesture of terror, Salome thrusts from her the horrible vision Trans. even more disturbing [than Salome dancing before Herod]. tears fell from the eyes. This interaction gives an idea of how Moreau's reputation in literary and artistic circles spread rapidly across Europe. Against Nature. This deliberately confusing technique has been attributed to an alleged consumption of opium and thereby caused hallucinations, though justification of such claims was never established. Moreau was also known for his semi-abstract watercolors, and was a teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts, where his pupils included Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, and Georges Rouault. more execrable and exquisite. Bettina Wadia. The Apparition Gustave Moreau 1876 Watercolor on paper 106 x 72 cm. The tall Huysmans, Joris-Karl. It illustrates an episode taken from Chapter XIV of St Matthew’s Gospel. glass windows touched by rays of sunlight, splendors of tissue and He is recognized for his works that are influenced by the Italian Renaissance and exoticism. on the ends of the beard and hair. flesh so fabulous and dazzling. will, with the charm of a tall venereal flower, cultivated in hands on the hilt of his long, blood-stained sword. In the ardor of the dance, her veils had become The oil painting is a depiction of the biblical legend of Salome, in which Herod’s step daughter Salome requests the beheading of John the Baptist to please her unruly mother Herodias. This painting picks up the iconography of the famous watercolour of the same title (Musée du Louvre, Department of Graphic Arts, Musée d’Orsay Collection), which inspired J-K Huysmans to write some wonderful passages in his novel A Rebours. Trans. idol, the eroticism and terror of mankind were depicted. rainbow gleams and prismatic flames. It shows the biblical character of Salome dancing in front of Herod Antipas with a vision of John the Baptist's head. emeralds. His father, Louis Jean Marie Moreau, was an architect for the city of Paris and his mother, née Adele Pauline Desmoutier, was a musician. not, with its fixed gaze, attract Herodias, musing on her finally She is garbed only in gold-wrought stuffs and limpid stones; hands on his knees, still pants, maddened by the nudity of the woman [continued below]. Gustave Moreau, sold; to Gustave Druflé, 1877. On a feast on the occasion of Herod Antipas' birthday, the princess Salome dances in front of the king and his guest, pleasing him so much he promises her anything she wished for. Gauchez had already sent a Sappho painting by Moreau for exhibition in London in 1871. The water-color entitled The Apparition was perhaps At the 1876 Salon, The Apparition was bought by the Belgian art dealer Léon Gauchez (1825-1907). [Victorian Web Home —> The Mass of Saint Gregory the Great (1510–1550), Shepherd Boy Pointing at Tobias and the Angel (c. 1625–30). loosened. iridescent columns with moorish tile, joined with silver beton and Loggy and Alex’s friendship in Miami’s redeveloping Liberty Square is threatened when Loggy learns that Alex is being relocated to another community. Please enter your email address. Gustave Moreau (French: ; 6 April 1826 – 18 April 1898) was a major figure in the French Symbolist movement, whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. For Huysmans the "murder had been committed". Robert Baldrick. Gustave Moreau thus was part of a tradition that he would then subvert by inventing this fantastic apparition of the head of John the Baptist surrounded by a halo, dripping with blood in front of a horrified Salome. Upon its first presentation 1876 in Salon (French: Salon de Paris), the painting caused a sensation. There, the palace of Herod arose like an Alhambra on … Related Material. Against the Grain. The water-color entitled The Apparition was perhaps even more disturbing [than Salome dancing before Herod]. This rich ornamental decor, typical of the painter’s style, taken from the most distant centuries and civilisations, make this scene difficult to place in time and space, and adds to its enigmatic character. the woman's body with incandescent rays, striking her neck, feet and The Apparition. Salome Dancing Before Herod (1876), one of Moreau’s most famous works, took the artist seven years to paint, as he slowly built up the painting’s rich, encrusted surface. Watercolor on paper. Harmondsworth: Oenguin, 1959. All the facets of the jewels kindle under the ardent shafts of light