Art talk

Art talk – Gustave Moreau


Gustave Moreau: Desire and the Ideal in Symbolist Painting
Friday 24 October 2014 – 6pm-7pm
@ Alliance Française de Manchester

Free, booking required

Many of Gustave Moreau’s paintings are strikingly – and often hauntingly – strange, in terms of both content and style. This talk (in English) explores the strangeness of Moreau’s art through the persistent conflict between sexual desire and spiritual aspirations, between matter and the ideal.

Moreau’s ideology, inner obsessions and artistic creativity will be explored through a series of major paintings, including Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864), Orpheus (1866), Salome (1876), Jupiter and Sémélé (1895).

Peter Cooke is a Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Manchester and the author of“Gustave Moreau: History Painting, Spirituality and Symbolism” published in 2014 by Yale University Press.

Booking required at 0161 236 7117 /
Complimentary drinks offered after the talk.



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