Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Disturbing lightness

Gustav-Adolf Mossa, a French painter associated to the Symbolist movement, is an other great example of the combinaison between beauty and strangeness I like so much. In his painting I find the bright sunlight of Nice, the city where he was born in 1883 and where he died in 1973, a light unusual for subjects so dark as his.

It seems that most of his paintings have been made in his early life, before 1918, even though they have only been discovered after his death. Great reader of classics and lover of Beaudelaire's work, litterature and music are also part of his artistic process.

(1) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Eva Pandora, 1907 
(2) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Leda, 1906
(3) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Valse Macabre, 1906
(4) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Salomon, 1908
(5) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Elle, 1906
(6) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, L'aveugle, 1907
(7) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, La sirène repue, 1905
(8) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Les quatre évangélistes, 1906
(9) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Christus, 1908 
(10) Gustav-Adolf Mossa, Les parques, 1917
His work makes me think of Gustav Klimt's paintings, but combined with the legacy of French Impressionist painters...  

For more information, I invite you to visit L'oeuvre secrète de Gustav-Adolf Mossa, a very interesting review of a Mossa exhibition presented at the Musée provincial Félicien Rops until May 16th 2010. 


  1. Ouh, interesting work... Thank you for introducing Mossa to me!

  2. Belle histoire et images. Merci.

    If you happen to be lucky, and find yourself in Nice next month, you can see a Mossa exposition: http://www.grassfedart.com/scr/EventsList.php?id=183

    -- Jim

  3. Je ne pourrai malheureusement pas voir l'exposition, mais suite à votre message,j'ai visité avec beaucoup d'intérêt les pages qui y sont consacrées. J'en ajoute d'ailleurs une en tant que complément d'information au message d'origine. Merci beaucoup Jim!