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Melbourne NGV Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine

November 11, 2010toApril 10, 2011

* MELBOURNE

National Gallery of Victoria exhibition –  Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine - 117 paintings, watercolours and drawings from French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau (1826–1898)

  • 10 December 2010 – 10 April 2011

National Gallery of Victoria will celebrate the superb craftsmanship of the fascinating French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau (1826–1898).

Featuring 117 paintings, watercolours and drawings from the unique and acclaimed Musée Gustave- Moreau in Paris, this is the first significant exhibition of Moreau’s unique work to be seen in the southern hemisphere.

Gerard Vaughan, Director, NGV said this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Australians to see these captivating works by Moreau.  Visitors will embrace Moreau’s portrayals of familiar historical and mythical characters. From famed femmes fatales including Salomé, Helen of Troy and Lady Macbeth to the rugged depictions of Hercules and Cyclops, this spectacular exhibition will reveal the many faces of Gustave Moreau.

A highlight of the exhibition will be a section devoted to Moreau’s most celebrated and intriguing obsession – the story of Herodias, Salomé and the beheading of John the Baptist. Salomé was the daughter of Herodias and stepdaughter of the powerful King Herod Antipas. Herodias’ first husband and Salomé’s father was Herod’s brother. Salomé is often depicted as an icon of dangerous female seductiveness and in this famous tale, Herod requested Salomé to dance for him on his birthday in exchange for anything she desired. Herodias encouraged Salomé to order the beheading of John the Baptist who was in prison at the time for criticising the marriage of Herod and Herodias.

National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 8620 2347
Mobile: 0439 348 357
Fax: +61 3 8620 2555
ngv.vic.gov.au

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