|Posted by cmgaylard on April 23, 2015 at 5:05 AM|
A long time ago I read a Jungian essay exploring the significance of animals in folk tales and the common development of both within cultures. The suggestion was that the animal moved from main protagonist in initial oral traditions, (and children's stories) to companion/pet as society became more complex and regulated, then eventually to foe, when the animal side of human nature became regarded as somehow bestial, or something to be subdued or overcome. That's a fair bit of paraphrasing, I had better read it again.
I love Moreau's paintings, I discovered him as an inspiration for Oscar Wilde's 'Salome' and this second remarkably 'out there' painting of Jupiter and Semele (1895), consensus was that his unfinished sketches were streets ahead of the overworked complete ones. He was an inspired teacher and Matisse his most famous student. In Paris his elegant home/studio is still open and a wonderful place to explore.