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The Chimera

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French (Paris 1826 - 1898 Paris)
The Chimera, 1867
Painting
French
,
19th century
Oil on panel
33.02 x 27.31 cm (13 x 10 3/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.269
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
,
Marks
signed: l.l.: GM [monogram] / Gustave Moreau - 1867
inscription: Inscribed on back of stretcher: Top slat: Chimere. Second slat: à Monsieur Bocquet.
Provenance
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.


Notes:
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
Bibliography
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, 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 Edition (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., ed. Chikashi Kitazaki National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, Japan, 2002), pp. 154-155, cat. #43, color repr.

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

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

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, no. 26
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
A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003, 93
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, no. 43
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, 93; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004, 93
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 -