His own work is that of one of the most idiosyncratic painters of the 19th century, combining myth, mysticism, history and the bizarre and the exotic. `Study after a Model for Salome', c.1878 (above), is a sketch with pen and black ink, over crayon, on paper. This profile of a walking Salome is related to Moreau's large watercolour `Salome in the Garden' as well as the pose of Raphael's 16th- century Eve in `Original Sin', in the Vatican. Moreau is believed to have worked with a live model to work out his variant on Raphael.
`Gustave Moreau: Between Epic and Dream' by Genevieve Lacambre, The Art Institute of Chicago in association with Princeton University Press, pounds 36.50Reuse content