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Salomé Dancing Before the Head of St. John the Baptist

Artist:
After? Gustave Moreau (French, Paris 1826–1898 Paris)
Date:
mid to late 19th century
Medium:
Graphite, watercolor and gouache on cream wove paper
Dimensions:
9 13/16 x 7 1/16 in. (25 x 18 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.673
Not on view
Moreau has often been associated with nineteenth-century French depictions of the martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist, especially after he produced his famous Symbolist painting Salome Dancing before Herod (UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles). This lovely watercolor, capturing the graceful, almost fairylike dance of Salome—who is enraptured by the music even in the presence of the gruesome decapitated head behind her—has often been associated with Moreau because of its subject matter. However, this vision of Salome as a young, almost childish girl in a simple, flouncy dress and floral headdress lacks the regal attitude of Moreau’s visions of her and casts doubt on a secure attribution to the artist.
Mrs. E. A. Lane, London; Regina Slatkin (acquired at Sotheby's, London, March 22, 1961, no. 156): Robert Lehman (acquired from Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New York, April 1961)
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