Tucked away in the 9th arrondissement of Paris is the private and mysterious atelier and apartment of famous painter Gustave Moreau. As the leading figure in the French symbolism movement, his quaint museum offers an insider’s look into his most famous works of art during this revolution of French art.
Serving as both his homestay and a gallery, you can experience his amazing works of art up-close and personal, and see a different style of art than the bigger museums in Paris. While most of the crowded museums boast renaissance and baroque art, Moreau’s art not only challenges the traditional art of the city, but it also provides a gallery on a smaller scale, offering more of an intimate experience between just you and the art.
On the second floor of his lovely home, Moreau has quite the collection of his symbolic art, often sporting a mix of motifs from both biblical times as well as ancient mythology. As opposed to inspiring thought, Moreau sought to inspire imagination, and with his famous works like Jupiter and Semele, he does just this.
While the art is eye-catching in the museum, the building in and of itself is a work of art. With a grand spiral staircase, dark wood, and beautiful embellishments, the museum offers a very elegant contrast with the works of art. And with amazing access to light, the entire rooms are lit up, exposing every miniscule detail of each work of art.
A true hidden gem, not many know about this quaint museum. You can find its rooms empty, with the occasional local passing through. A great way to escape the busy streets of the touristy areas of Paris, you can still enjoy a classic museum without interruptions and chaos.
To visit the museum:
14 Rue Catherine de la Rochefoucauld
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