Beside being a very talented painter, Moreau was also a fine draftsman and watercolorist and a dedicated teacher at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. A man of few friends, he was devoted to his parents and lived with them almost all of his life. In fact, it is the family home at 14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld in the IX arrondissement, that is now a museum dedicated to work of Gustave Moreau and my destination on a recent Sunday afternoon.
Unlike most museums dedicated to the work of one artist, the Musee Gustave Moreau allows visitors a look at both the private apartment and the working studios and offers over 8,000 works of art for your viewing pleasure. Entering on the ground floor we find a reception area and a few very small rooms that are filled floor to ceiling with drawings and paintings.
Truth be told, I have never been a huge fan of the work of Gustave Moreau finding it a little too much in the realm of "fantasy" art, but as often happens after viewing a single artist exhibition, I gained a new appreciation for his technique and vision. Nevertheless, the opportunity to explore a historic home, especially one with such unique decorative features, is not to be missed and I would recommend a visit to the Musee Gustave Moreau to anyone interested in an off the beaten path experience.