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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1942.186
People
Gustave Moreau, French (Paris 1826 - 1898 Paris)
Title
The Young Man and Death
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Le Jeune Homme et la Mort / A la Memoire de Theodore Chasseriau
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1856-1865
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
215.9 x 123.2 cm (85 x 48 1/2 in.)
framed: 234.3 x 142.9 x 5.1 cm (92 1/4 x 56 1/4 x 2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: Gustave Moreau
  • inscription: l.l., in artist's hand: A la mémoire / de Théodore Chassériau.
Provenance
Gustave Moreau, solt; to Faivre, 1870. Albert Cahen d'Anvers, Paris, 1889, bequest (?); to his wife, Mme. Cahen d'Anvers, Paris, sold [through Hôtel Drouot, 1920, no. 20]. Comte Roederer, Paris, sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, Ny, August 1935 [through Martin Birnbaum], gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1942.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, Class of 1886
Accession Year
1942
Object Number
1942.186
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

[Unidentified article], Le Moniteur Universel (July 9, 1865)

Maxime Du Camp, [Unidentified article], Revue des Deux Mondes (June 1, 1865)

Ary Renan, "Gustave Moreau", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (May 1886), ser. 2, 33, pp. 377-94, p. 378

Ary Renan, "Gustave Moreau", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (July 1886), ser. 2, 34, pp. 35-51, pp. 42-44

Arthur Baignières, "Théodore Chassériau", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (March 1, 1886), ser. 2, 31, pp. 209-218, p. 218

Paul Leprieur, "Gustave Moreau et son Oeuvre", L'Artiste (March - June 1889), 59, no. 1, pp. 161-180, 338-359, 443-455

Antonin Proust, L'Art Français: publication officielle de la commission des beaux-arts, Ludovic Baschet (Paris, France, 1889), repr. facing p. 42

Jean Lorrain, La Jeune Homme et la Mort (poem), L'Ombre Ardente, Charpentier (Paris, France, 1897)

Ary Renan, Gustave Moreau, Gazette des Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 1900), p. 28; repr. as engraving, facing p. 54

Edouard Schure, Precurseurs et revoltes (Paris, France, 1904)

Exposition Gustave Moreau au profit des oeuvres du travail et des pauvres honteux, exh. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, 1906), cat. no. 22

Jean Laran and Léon Deshairs, Gustave Moreau, Librairie centrale des beaux-arts (Paris, France, 1913), repr. p. 32, text pp. 31-32

[Unidentified article], Art et Decoration (June 1920), repr.

Fernand Romanet, "Gustave Moreau (à propos de son centenaire)", La Revue Hebdomadaire (April 17 1926), pp. 310-330, p. 313, n. 1

Léonce Bénédite, Théodore Chassériau, sa vie et son oeuvre, Braun et Cie (Paris, France, 1931), repr. vol. II, plate LIX, opp. p. 518

Joseph C. Sloane, French Painting Between the Past and the Present, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ, 1951), pp. 172-175, repr. plate 72

Barbara Wright, "Gustave Moreau and Eugene Fromentin", The Connoisseur (July 1972), pp. 191-197, fig. 4

Henri Dorra, "The Guesser Guessed: Gustave Moreau's 'Oedipus' ", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (March 1973), pp. 129-140, repr. fig. 4

Julius Kaplan, Gustave Moreau, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA, 1974), pp. 12, 19, 21; repr. as fig. 11

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: with a catalogue of the finished paintings watercolors, and drawings, New York Graphic Society (Boston, MA, 1976), pp. 14, 33, 52, 90-92, 99, 110, cat. no. 67, repr. b/w p. 91, p. 306

Jean Selz, Gustave Moreau, Crown Publications (New York, NY, 1979), pp. 26, 45, 46

Julius Kaplan, The Art of Gustave Moreau: Theory, Style, and Content, U.M.I. Research Press (Ann Arbor, MI, 1982), repr. in b/w pl. 7; text p. 30-32, 47-48

Jean Ransy, "Gustave Moreau", Bulletin de la classe des beaux-arts (1983), vol. 65, no. 2, p. 252

Virginia M. Allen, The Femme Fatale: Erotic Icon, Whitston Publishing Co (Troy, NY, 1983), repr. fig. 38; text p. 161

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: The Watercolors, Hudson Hills Press (New York, NY, 1985), pp. 38-40

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. 318

Pierre Somville, "Amour et mort chez H. Baldung Grien, G. Moreau et F. Rops", Art et Fact (Liege, 1991), vol. 10, p. 69; repr. fig. 4

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Gustave Moreau, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1991), no. 106, p. 87 and color plate IX

Rudolph Binion, Love Beyond Death: The Anatomy of a Myth in the Arts, New York University Press (New York, NY, 1993), p. 56, repr. p. 67, fig. 43

Jonathan P. Ribner, "Chasseriau's juvenilia: some early works by an enfant du siècle", Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte (1994), vol. 57, no. 2, p. 238, repr. fig. 28

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1994), pp. 83, 85, repr., 86

Gustave Moreau: Gyusutavu Moro, exh. cat., Nihon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo, Japan, 1995), p. 192, repr. b/w

Geneviève Lacambre, Moreau (November 1996), p. 8, repr.

Dominique Dussol, Art et Bourgeoisie: La Societe des Amis des Arts de Bordeau (1851-1939), Le Festin, Fournie (Toulouse, France, 1997), pp. 10, repr. in color, 159

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau: Maître Sorcier, Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 1997), p. 23

Peter Cooke, "La Pensée Esthetique", Dossier de l'Art (October 1998), no. 51, repr. in color p. 21

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau, 1826-1898, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 1998), under no. 88, n. 2; pp. 264-265, 271

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: L'assembleur de rêves (Courbevoie, 1998), pp. 70, 73, repr.

Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: Monographie et nouveau catalogue de l'oeuvre achevé, ACR Édition (Paris, France, 1998), no. 80, p. 296, repr.; repr. in color, p. 53

Pierre Sanchez and Xavier Seydoux, Les estampes de 'La Gazette des beaux-arts' (1859-1933) (Paris, France, 1998), p. 135, no. 1899-13

Dr. Peter Cooke, "Gustave Moreau Entre Art Philosophique et Art Pur", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (November 1999), vol. CXXXIV, no. 1570, pp. 225-236, p. 228, repr.

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau: between Epic and Dream, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1999), under no. 88, n. 1; repr. in b/w p. 279 as fig. 1

Geneviève Lacambre, Gustave Moreau: Magic and Symbols, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1999), p. 23

Steven Platzman, Cezanne, the self-portraits, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA, 2001), p. 106, repr.

Christine Peltre, Théodore Chassériau, Gallimard (Paris, 2001), p. 22, repr. as fig. 243; detail repr. on pp. 216-218

Christine Peltre, "Resurrection and Metamorphosis: Chassériau about 1900", exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2002), pp. 50, 53; detail repr. in color p. 48; repr. in b/w p. 50 as fig. 2

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, 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, 2002), pp. 188-189, cat. #53, color repr.

Stéphane Guégan and Vincent Pomarède, Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856): The Unknown Romantic; French title: Chassériau: Un autre romantisme, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press (New York, NY and London, England, 2002), pp. 48, 50, repr. in b/w with colour detail

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 (U.S.) (New York, 2003), no. 92, pp. 232-235, repr. in color

Peter Cooke, Gustave Moreau et les arts jumeaux: Peinture et littérature au dix-neuvième siècle, Peter Lang (New York, NY, 2003), repr. as fig. 5

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. 92, pp. 242-245, repr. in color

Veronica Franklin Gould, G. F. Watts: The Last Great Victorian, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2004), p. 102

Peter Cooke, "Gustave Moreau and the Reinvention of History Painting", The Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (New York, 2008), Volume XC, Number 3, pp. 401, 404-405, 409; repr. in b/w on p. 401.

Peter Cooke, Gustave Moreau: History Painting, Spirituality and Symbolism, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2014), pp. 51, 56, 57, repr. on p. 52 as fig. 31

Christie McDonald, "I am [not] a painting: how Chardin and Moreau dialogue in Proust's writing", ed. Christie McDonald and François Proulx, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2015), p. 48, fig. 4.4

Gustave Moreau (Tokyo, 2019), pp. 120-121, repr.

Exhibition History

Annual Exhibition, 1865, Palais des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 05/01/1865 - 06/20/1865

Exposition Universelle, 1867, Exposition Universelle, 1867, Paris, 04/01/1867 - 12/31/1867

Exhibition of the Société des Amis des Arts de Bordeaux, Société des Amis des Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, 03/22/1868 - 12/31/1868

Exhibition of the Société des Amis des arts de la Somme, Musée Napoléon, Amiens, 07/11/1868 - 08/16/1868

Exposition Universelle internationale, art contemporain 1878-1889, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Paris, 05/06/1889 - 11/06/1889

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

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

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

Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

Subjects and Contexts

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