The Musée National Gustave Moreau is an art museum dedicated to the works of Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), located in Paris’ ninth arrondissement.
The museum was originally Moreau's house, and was subsequently transformed into a studio and museum of his work in 1895, his apartment remaining on the first floor. Today the museum contains 4,800 of Moreau’s drawings and 450 of his watercolours, as well as a collection of his sculptures.
The lower floor of the museum is dedicated to Moreau’s portraits and souvenirs from his travels, including a room devoted to the lady who did not return his love, while upstairs can be found his more famous paintings and masterpieces, including the rough sketches that preceded them. Below these two floors, Moreau’s apartment has been preserved exactly as it was 100 years ago, complete with his personal effects.
Gustave Moreau was an eclectic artist whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures, expressed in his impersonal, romantic and italianised style. Moreau believed that painting was a rich art, which should aim to rival the intense colours of enamel painting, and key to his creative formation was the idea of art as a cosa mentale, meant to inspire dreams rather than thought. The Musée National Gustave Moreau gives a fascinating insight into the life and work of this great, eccentric master.
Chambre à coucher de Gustave Moreau, Paris, musée Gustave Moreau (c) RMN-GP / René-Gabriel Ojéda
Escalier de l'atelier de Gustave Moreau, Albert Lafon architecte, 1895, Paris, musée Gustave Moreau (c) RMN-GP / Franck Raux
Atelier de Gustave Moreau, troisième étage, Paris, musée Gustave Moreau (c) RMN-GP / Franck Raux
14 rue de La Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 - 12:45 and 14:00 - 17:15 (last admission 17:00)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 - 17:15 (last admission 17:00)
Closed: Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December