Sunday, 29 January 2012

Gustav-Adolf Mossa (1883-1971)

Les Mortes (The Dead Women) -1906

Gustav-Adolf Mossa was born in Nice, the son of Alexis Mossa (1844-1926), himself an artist of numerous posters for the Nice Carnaval at the end of the 19th century.

Influenced by his father, Gustav-Adolf began painting in 1903, drawing his inspiration from the Quattrocento of the early Renaissance in Italy, the Pre-Raphaelites in England and Art Nouveau movement in France. Then, after 15 years of intense creativity, he suddenly abandoned painting completely, with most of his paintings only coming to light after his death.

A collection of 38 of his humorous and often decadent works are on display at Nice's Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Dalila s'amuse (Delilah amuses herself) - 1905

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