Lot 19
  • 19

Gustave Moreau

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • Gustave Moreau
  • Première Danseuse. Mademoiselle Subra. Ballet de Sapho
  • signed Gustave Moreau (lower right); inscribed Melle Subra 1ère Danseuse / ballet de Sapho (lower left), -ors, violets et verts (lower right), and ailes blanches ou / vertes ou/ gris tourterelle / (on supprimera les ailes) (center right)
  • pencil on paper


Sale: Paris, Hôtel Drouot, May 18, 1910
Private Collection, France (and sold, Sotheby's, London, November 12, 2008, lot 255, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale


Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: sa vie, son oeuvre, Paris, 1976, p. 344, no. 316
Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau. Monographie et nouveau catalogue de l'oeuvre achevé, Paris, 1998, p. 387, no. 351, illustrated

Catalogue Note

One of the most inventive painters of his generation, Gustave Moreau’s oeuvre encompasses a wide variety of mediums and pictorial traditions. Executed in 1883, the present drawing relates to a group of exotic costume designs for the famed ballerina, Mademoisselle Subra, for her performance as premiere danseuse in the 1884 revival of Charles Gounod’s opera Sapho.