1826 Born in Paris.
1849 After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts, Moreau enters for the Prix de Rome but fails to win.
1852 Moreau exhibits a Pietà at the Salon.
1857 Travels to Italy to study in Rome, Venice and Florence.
1860 Returns to France.
1864 Wins a medal at the Salon for Oedipus and the Sphinx.
1869 The critics attack the works he exhibits at the Salon. After this, his appearances at the Salon are few.
1880 He submits paintings to the Salon for the last time.
1883 He is made an Officier of the Légion d’Honneur.
1884 J.K. Huysmans writes about Moreau’s art in a widely read novel, A Rebours, which confirms and enhances his fame.
1890 Moreau’s mistress Alexandrine Dureux dies.
1892 Appointed professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he teaches Henri Matisse and Albert Marquet.
1895 Moreau makes alterations to his Paris home converting it into a museum.
1898 Dies in Paris.
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Gustave Moreau - Selected Works
1850 Self Portrait, Paris, Musée Gustave Moreau
1852 The Suitors, Paris, Musée Gustave Moreau
1852 The Song of Songs, Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts
1864 Oedipus and the Sphinx, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1865 Orpheus, Louvre, Paris
1867 The Voices, Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
1876 The Apparition , Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1876 Salome Dancing before Herod, Los Angeles, Armand Hammer Museum of Art
1876 Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, Chicago, Art Institute
1876 Salome at the Prison, Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art
c1876 Pietà, Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art
c1882 Pèri (The Sacred Elephant, the Sacred Lake), Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art
1885 The Triumph of Alexander the Great, Paris, Musée Gustave Moreau
1896 Jupiter and Semele, Paris, Musée Gustave Moreau