An Artists Life

A few years ago I took an honors literature course in Paris that focused on American expatriates who lived in Paris in the 1920’s. This group includes Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Henry Miller, Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford, Gertrude Stein, and more. However, we are also studying individuals on the peripheral of them, who influenced the movement of contemporary art and writing. We began the intensive class going to the Gustave Moreau museum, and discussing his work and why we began with his art on our first day in Paris:

“We start here because this is a unique place, and Gustave is a very unknown artists, but was important in the movement of modern art of his time… a real experience of his work is rare; you won’t see it at the Louvre, the collection is here and here only, at his house. He turned his home into a gallery. This is a work of his life.”

                                   -The director of the literature course