Saturday, July 24, 2010

Musée Gustave Moreau and the Mystery Staircase

Do you recall my recent post about giving photo credits on blogs? Well, something interesting happened which led me to find the origin of the image I was fiercely searching to credit.

My friend Renee saw the photo of the spiral staircase on my blog and excitedly gave me a call. That gorgeous staircase stood out in her memory. She recalled her favorite museum in Paris, the Musée Gustave Moreau, and that staircase in the museum was one she would never forget.

So thanks to Renee, I did a little searching and voila! She was right!

Gustav Moreau was a prolific 19th Century French symbolist painter, sometimes considered to be one of the precursors of surrealist painting. As a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts one of his notable students was Matisse, and long before his death in 1892 he had already decided that a museum of his own work should be created.

He extended and converted the house that had belonged to his parents, creating giant workshops and display rooms. Even with the immense size of the rooms, there was not enough space to show all the accumulated works; Moreau left 4,800 drawings and 450 watercolors, many of which are in storage.

Huge room with filled to the brim with Moreau's work...

The monumental staircase leads you up to yet another floor above...

private living areas...


"Gustave Moreau collected his very dear souvenirs, relating to his parents and to Alexandrine Dureux, his "best and only friend..." Nothing has changed in a century."

Musée Gustave Moreau
14 rue de La Rochefoucauld
F-75009, Paris, France

photography: Hotel Paris Rive Gauche

Oh, and by the way...the photographer credited for the spiral staircase image is...

beBO on Flickr! Thanks beBo for the inspiring photo!

8 comments:

Fiona Cartolina said...

What a beautiful post Lynn- captured my imagination and took me right away for a few minutes(while I'm waiting for paint to dry)
That staircase is truly unforgettable.

Fiona

Cashon&Co said...

This looks like MY kind of museum!! I HAVE to go here. Kind of reminds me of the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston..... You have the best posts friend!

BardotBlue said...

this stair case is amazinggggggggg

Concrete Jungle said...

That is fabulous! A new spot to visit in Paris this fall.
Thank you.

POOKIE said...

Thank you so much for blogging about this wonderful museum. That staircase is just incredible! I've added this to my list of places to see on my next trip to Paris.

Trish

{this is glamorous} said...

fantastic post, lynn! so happy the mystery has been solved and can not believe have not been to this stunning and utterly interesting museum! must make a point of it the next time and thanks so much for your e-mail xoxo

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Fabiola "Fab" said...

can't wait to visit Paris some day!
Glad to have found your blog!
you are a wonderful writer and you've inspired me to read more so express my feelings and stories as beautiful as you do here.

Sincerely,

Fabiola "Fab"

The most beautiful staircase ever!