The Chimera
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gustave Moreau, French (Paris 1826 - 1898 Paris)
The Chimera
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Oil on panel
33.02 x 27.31 cm (13 x 10 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: GM [monogram] / Gustave Moreau - 1867
  • inscription: Inscribed on back of stretcher: Top slat: Chimere. Second slat: à Monsieur Bocquet.
Gustave Moreau, 1867, sold; to Bocquet. Drouin. Willy Blumenthal, Paris, (by 1906-1935) sold; [through Martin Birnbaum]; to Grenville L. Winthrop, 1935-1943) bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.

Bocquet paid 2,000 ff.
According to Mathieu, 1998, WIlly Blumenthal lent this to the 1906 exhibition.
Seligmann Gallery Archives record a visit to Willy Blumenthal on March 19, 1935, and describe a painting by Moreau: Centaure d'elançant dans le vide, une femme s'accrochée à son cou.
Winthrop paid Fr 35,000
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Ary Renan, Gustave Moreau, Gazette des Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 1900), pp. 105-106, repr.

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: with a catalogue of the finished paintings watercolors, and drawings, New York Graphic Society (Boston, MA, 1976), no. 87, repr. in b/w p. 100, p. 310

Jean Selz, Gustave Moreau, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1978), repr. in color p. 29

Jean Selz, Gustave Moreau, Crown Publications (New York, NY, 1979), p. 51; color repr. p. 29

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 121; repr. as no. 316

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Gustave Moreau, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1991), no. 121, p. 89

Willard Bohn, Apollinaire, Visual Poetry, and Art Criticism, Associated University Presses/Lewisburg Bucknell University Press (London and Toronto, 1993), repr. in b/w opposite p. 130; mentioned p. 130

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1994), pp. 98-99, repr. p. 101

Gustave Moreau: Gyusutavu Moro, exh. cat., Nihon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo, Japan, 1995), p. 178, repr. b/w

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: Monographie et nouveau catalogue de l'oeuvre achevé, ACR Édition (Paris, France, 1998), no. 104, p. 305, repr.

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau: between Epic and Dream, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1999), p. 264

Chikashi Kitazaki, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, Japan, 2002), pp. 154-155, cat. #43, color repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), no. 93, pp. 236-238, repr. in color

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 93, pp. 246-248, repr. in color

Dominique Cordellier, Louis-Antoine Prat, and Carel van Tuyll van Serooskerken, ed., Maîtres du dessin européen du XVIe au XXe siècle: la collection Georges Pébereau, exh. cat., Musée du Louvre Éditions and Somogy Éditions d'Art (Paris, 2009), under cat. no. 60, p. 158

Peter Cooke, Gustave Moreau: History Painting, Spirituality and Symbolism, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2014), repr. p. 128 as fig. 81

Exhibition History

Exposition Gustave Moreau au profit des oeuvres du travail et des pauvres honteux, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 01/01/1906 - 12/31/1906

Moreau and Monticelli, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 05/13/1960 - 06/08/1960

Pre-Raphaelite and Early French Symbolist Art in the Fogg Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/16/1973 - 02/25/1973

Sublimations: Art and Sensuality in the 19th Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/13/1996 - 07/21/2002

Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 09/14/2002 - 12/08/2002

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

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