Geneviève Lacambre

Geneviève Lacambre (born 1937) is a French honorary general curator of heritage, and has been the Chargée de mission at the Musée d'Orsay.[1]

Geneviève Lacambre
Born1937 (age 83–84)
EmployerMusée national Gustave Moreau, Musée d'Orsay


Curator at the department of paintings of the Louvre Museum from 1965 to 1979, then at the Musée d'Orsay until 2002.[2] Lacambre has been for seventeen years director of the Musée national Gustave Moreau in Paris, from 1985 to 2002, a specialist of this Symbolist painter.[3] She has published numerous articles and exhibition catalogues on Gustave Moreau and the Symbolists. She authored Gustave Moreau : Maître sorcier (Découvertes Gallimard, 1997) and organised the 1998 exhibition of Moreau at the Grand Palais in Paris before being presented in Chicago and New York.[4] In addition to Symbolism, she also curated an exhibition in 2017 where Japonisme is the theme.[5][6][7]

Gustave Moreau : Maître sorcierEdit

Gustave Moreau : Maître sorcier
AuthorGeneviève Lacambre
Original titleGustave Moreau : Maître sorcier
TranslatorBenjamin Lifson
Cover artistGustave Moreau
SeriesDécouvertes Gallimard●Peinture
Release number
SubjectGustave Moreau
GenreNonfiction monograph
PublisherFR: Éditions Gallimard
US: Harry N. Abrams
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages128 pp.
Preceded byGeorge Sand : Un diable de femme 
Followed byLe peuple hébreu : Entre la Bible et l'Histoire
Hecate, detail of Jupiter and Semele, cover image for French edition.
Salome Dancing before Herod, cover image for U.S. edition.

It is outside the modes of his time that Gustave Moreau, trained in Renaissance art traditions, elaborated a complex and decorative art style, which combines a deep knowledge of all mythologies with a high awareness of a painter's profession. Creator of a highly personal universe, where there is a passion for myths and mysticism—Salome, Orpheus, Oedipus and the Sphinx ...—dream and imagination, poetry and mystery.

Moreau was at the same time one of the forerunners of Symbolism and one of those who opened the way for modern art: he was teacher of Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault, and was fascinating to the later Surrealists who drunk on dreams. The Gustave Moreau Museum—created by the artist himself—contains all the secrets of this "master enchanter", who was happy to call himself an "assembler of dreams".

Geneviève Lacambre retraces Moreau's life and artistic sources in this small colourful volume—entitled Gustave Moreau : Maître sorcier (lit. 'Gustave Moreau: Master Enchanter'; English edition – Gustave Moreau: Magic and Symbols)—with more than 120 paintings, drawings, watercolours and photographs, and an anthology of documents and letters, published by Éditions Gallimard. It is part of the Peinture series in their Découvertes collection. The book opens with seven full-page reproductions of Moreau's Jupiter and Semele and its details. The body text is divided into five chapters: I, "Uncertain Beginnings"; II, "In the School of Italy"; III, "A Hope for History Painting"; IV, "The Birth of Symbolism"; V, "A Message to Future Generations". The second part of this book is the "Documents" section containing a compilation of excerpts which is divided into five parts (pp. 97–121): 1, Moreau's writings; 2, Moreau's myths; 3, Novels and poems; 4, Critical perspectives; 5, A benevolent equal. At the end of the book are list of further reading, list of illustrations, and an index. It has been translated into American English and Japanese.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • with Michel Laclotte and Claire Frèches-Thory, Orsay: Paintings, Editions Scala, 1989
  • Gustave Moreau : Maître sorcier, coll. « Découvertes Gallimard » (nº 312), série Arts. Éditions Gallimard, 1997
  • with Marie-Laure de Contenson, Douglas W. Druick, et al. Gustave Moreau: Between Epic and Dream, Art Institute of Chicago, 1999
  • with Gary Tinterow, Deborah L. Roldán, et al. Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting, Metropolitan Museum of Art & Yale University Press, 2002


  1. ^ "Geneviève Lacambre". (in French). Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Rodez. «Gustave Moreau» vue par Geneviève Lacambre". (in French). 2 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ Lacambre, Geneviève (1999). Gustave Moreau: Magic and Symbols. "Abrams Discoveries" series. Translated by Lifson, Benjamin. New York: Harry N. Abrams. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-8109-2877-0. About the author
  4. ^ Volle, Christian (8 October 2011). "Samedi 8 octobre 2011 — Visite du Musée Gustave Moreau et déjeuner-rencontre avec Geneviève Lacambre". (in French). Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  5. ^ Hakem, Tewfik (12 December 2017). "Geneviève Lacambre : "En 1867, les Européens fascinés découvrent pour la première fois des Japonaises en kimono"". (in French). Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Et Le Japon S'ouvrit À L'Occident..." (in French). 30 December 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  7. ^ Lyonnet, Thierry (30 December 2017). "Le japonisme, passion française". [fr] (in French). Retrieved 13 November 2018.