Gustave Moreau / Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra / =c. 1876 wkg MTGustave Moreau
Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra
=c. 1876 wkg MT

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Creator Name: Moreau, Gustave
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French; 1826-1898
Creator Name-CRT: Gustave Moreau
Title: Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra
Title Type: preferred
Title: Hercules and the Hydra of Lerna
Title Type: alternate
Title: Final Published Work: Hercules and the Hydra of Lerna, oil on canvas, AIC 1876
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1866
Creation End Date: 1898
Creation Date: =c. 1876 wkg MT
Creation Place: Europe,France
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: pen and ink
Classification Term: Drawing
Classification Term: Prints and Drawings
Materials and Techniques: Medium: Pen and brown and black ink, and graphite, with touches of brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white (discolored), on cream laid paper prepared with a pale brown wash, tipped on blue laid paper, laid down on cream board.W.mark: Y
Dimensions: Height: 183 mm, Width: 158 mm
Inscriptions: Inscribed l.l.: l'hydra
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1983.281
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Restricted gift of the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation
Context: In 1876, Moreau returned to the Salon after a hiatus of half a dozen years and created a great sensation with such works as the painting of "Hercules and the Hydra" in the Art Institute. This preparatory study for that painting shows an altogether different perception of the hero--a craggy and scrawny figure--than the idealistic torso of the Apollo Belvedere that Moreau adopted for the finished work.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1983.281
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 2000

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