Hesiod and the Muse

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French (Paris 1826 - 1898 Paris)
Hesiod and the Muse, 1857
19th century
Black conté crayon(?), graphite, brown ink, and white gouache on off-white wove paper
41.9 x 33 cm (16 1/2 x 13 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of David P. Becker
, 2011.31
signed: lower right, brown ink: Gustave Moreau - 1857. Rome.
inscription: upper left, graphite: HÉSIODE ET LA MUSE.
The artist, gift; to Mme Alexandre (Flore) Singer, gift; to Emile Ollivier. [Hotel Drouot, Paris, March 2, 1960, lot 1 (as "L'Inspiration du poète"), sold]; to [Germain Seligman, New York (his stamp, lower right)]. [possibly Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London]. [Robert M. Light, Santa Barbara, sold, August 1, 1978]; to David P. Becker, bequeathed; to Harvard Art Museums, 2011
Exposition Gustave Moreau au profit des oeuvres du travail et des pauvres honteux, exh. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, 1906), no. 193

Master Drawings, exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann & and Co. (New York, 1960), no. 26

Pamela G. Osler, "Gustave Moreau: Some Drawings from the Italian Sojourn", National Gallery of Canada Bulletin (1968), 6, pp. 22, 24, 27, fig. 5

Jane van Nuis Cahill, French Artists in Italy, exh. cat., Dayton Art Institute (Dayton, OH, 1971), no. 49, repr.

Julius Kaplan, Gustave Moreau, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA, 1974), no. 20, repr., pp. 21, 129

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: with a catalogue of the finished paintings watercolors, and drawings, New York Graphic Society (Boston, MA, 1976), pp. 62, 267 (n. 193), no. 41, repr.

Peter Hahlbrock, Gustave Moreau oder das Unbehagen in der Natur, Rembrandt Verlag (Berlin, 1976), p. 191, under no. 91

John Richardson, ed., The Collection of Germain Seligman: Paintings, Drawings, and Works of Art, privately printed (1979), no. 58, repr.

Julius Kaplan, The Art of Gustave Moreau: Theory, Style, and Content, U.M.I. Research Press (Ann Arbor, MI, 1982), pp. 33, 182 (n. 73)

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: The Watercolors, Hudson Hills Press (New York, NY, 1985), p. 16

Toni Stooss and Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau, Symboliste, exh. cat., Kunsthaus Zürich (Zurich, Switzerland, 1986), no. 11, repr.

Mimi Cazort, Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1988), p. 217 (n. 8)

Luisa Capodieci, "L'iniziazione di Gustavo l'eremita", Art e Dossier, Giunti Editore (Florence, Italy, November 1996), p. 12, repr.

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau: Maître Sorcier, Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 1997), p. 38

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: Monographie et nouveau catalogue de l'oeuvre achevé, ACR Edition (Paris, France, 1998), no. 51, repr., also repr. p. 135 (color)

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau, 1826-1898, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 1998), no. 15, repr. (color), p. 262

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau: Magic and Symbols, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1999), p. 38

Olivier Bonfait, ed., Maestà di Roma da Napoleone all'unità d'Italia: D'Ingres à Degas, les artistes français à Rome, exh. cat., ed. Olivier Bonfait Electa (Milan, 2003), fig. 202a (p. 365)

Jenny Strauss Clay, Hesiod's Cosmos, Cambridge University Press (U.K.) (Cambridge, 2003), repr. on cover

Sonia Couturier, French Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 2004), under no. 56, fig. 85

Ferenc Tóth, ed., Land of Myths: The Art of Gustave Moreau, exh. cat., ed. Ferenc Tóth Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (Budapest, 2009), p. 50, fig. 30

Louis-Antoine Prat, Le dessin français au XIXe siècle, Somogy Editions D'Art (Paris, 2011), p. 472

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, 193
Gustave Moreau, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 07/23/1974 - 09/01/1974, 20
Master Drawings, Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, 11/07/1960 - 11/28/1960, 26
French Artists in Italy, 1600-1900, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, 10/28/1971 - 11/28/1971, 49
Gustave Moreau, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 09/14/1974 - 11/03/1974, 20
Gustave Moreau Symboliste, Kunsthaus Zürich, CH-8024 Zurich, 03/14/1986 - 05/25/1986, 11
Gustave Moreau 1826-1898, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 09/29/1998 - 01/04/1999, no. 15; Art Institute of Chicago, Publications, Chicago, 02/13/1999 - 04/25/1999, no. 15; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 05/24/1999 - 08/22/1999, no. 15
Recent Acquisitions, Part II: Building the Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/19/2012 - 09/29/2012