Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gustave Moreau, French (Paris 1826 - 1898 Paris)
Hesiod and the Muse
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
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.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • 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
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of David P. Becker
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Exposition Gustave Moreau au profit des oeuvres du travail et des pauvres honteux, exh. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, 1906), cat. no. 193

Master Drawings, exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann & 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

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

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.

John Richardson, ed., The Collection of Germain Seligman: Paintings, Drawings and Works of Art, E. V. Thaw & Co., Artemis S.A., and David Carritt Ltd. (New York, Luxembourg, and London, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Sonia Couturier, French Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada / Dessins français du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 2004), under cat. no. 56, p. 139, fig. 85, repr.

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

Louis-Antoine Prat, Le dessin français au XIXe siècle, Somogy Éditions 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

Master Drawings, Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, 11/07/1960 - 11/28/1960

French Artists in Italy, 1600-1900, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, 10/28/1971 - 11/28/1971

Gustave Moreau, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 07/23/1974 - 09/01/1974; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 09/14/1974 - 11/03/1974

Gustave Moreau Symboliste, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, 03/14/1986 - 05/25/1986

Gustave Moreau 1826-1898, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 09/29/1998 - 01/04/1999; Art Institute of Chicago, Publications, Chicago, 02/13/1999 - 04/25/1999; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 05/24/1999 - 08/22/1999

Recent Acquisitions, Part II: Building the Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/19/2012 - 09/29/2012

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